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Paterson Council candidate Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Recount cuts Paterson councilman’s lead from 8 votes to 1

Akhtaruzzaman expected to go to court to challenge uncounted ballots in 2nd Ward race

By David Wildstein, June 08 2020 3:16 pm

This story was updated at 5:20 PM with final recount numbers.

Just one vote separates the two candidates for Paterson city council after a recount in the 2nd Ward race held today in a contest  that will almost certainly wind up in court.

Incumbent Shahin Khalique leads Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, 1,727 to 1,726, with the recount cutting Khalique’s lead in half after original count of the May 12 non-partisan municipal election. 

Khalique had led 1,729 to 1,721, with 440 votes for Frank G. Filippelli.

Filippelli gained four votes in the recount.

In this race, 50 people who cast mail-in votes in the May 12 election had their ballots rejected because the Passaic County Board of Elections didn’t have their signatures in the database.

State and federal law enforcement are investigating the Paterson election after nearly 900 ballots appear to have been harvested and mailed from three separate mailboxes in the all vote-by-mail election.

Recount have also been conducted in the 1st and 2nd Wards and both of those races are expected to make their way before a judge.

One write-in vote was cast for Donald J. Trump.

While the race was non-partisan, Republicans had a majority on the Board of Elections today with the absence of John Currie, the chairman. 

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