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Judge allows counting of votes cast by voters who accidentally canceled registration

By Joey Fox, November 08 2022 4:45 pm

Two Hunterdon County voters who said they accidentally canceled their registration were granted the ability to have their votes counted, with Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan ordering that their already-cast provisional ballots be approved.

The voters, a husband and wife, said that they received a form that they believed was confirming a change of address, which they signed and returned. But the form in fact canceled their voter registration entirely, something they did not realize until they went to vote today.

In granting their request, Shanahan said that there was every reason to believe they had acted in good faith, and should not be denied the franchise because of their mistake.

“I find, based on the totality of the circumstances … that they did not intend to not be registered to vote in the state of New Jersey,” Shanahan said.

Hunterdon County is entirely within the competitive 7th congressional district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) faces former State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield).

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