New Jersey Mayor Says Ballots Went Missing: ‘We Will Not Rest Until We Get to the Bottom of This’

New Jersey Mayor Says Ballots Went Missing: ‘We Will Not Rest Until We Get to the Bottom of This’
The entrance to a polling station in Jersey City, N.J., on July 7, 2020. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Robbinsville, New Jersey, Mayor Dave Fried said in a Nov. 9 statement that officials were notified at approximately 5 p.m. that “the ballots of one of our districts had gone missing.”

“The fundamentals of Democracy is that every vote would be counted. Clearly, this has yet to happen in Robbinsville, as approximately 11 percent of our residents’ votes have yet to be safely delivered and counted,” Fried said.

Fried said officials are working with the county, which is in charge of the election.

“We will not rest until we get to the bottom of this unconscionable mishap, and we will not consider the 2022 election over in Robbinsville until every single ballot is counted and done so securely,” he said.

Robbinsville officials, meanwhile, said in a statement published on social media late on Thursday, citing a local report, that ballots in one district “have been located and counted.” The officials noted, however, that they had not received official confirmation.

“We still have not received official confirmation of this from Mercer County or the Board of Elections,” the statement reads.

The missing ballots could affect a local Robbinsville school board race, where 103 votes separate Peter Oehlberg and Christopher Emigholz, the New Jersey Globe reported.

The “mishap” is unlikely to affect any races for federal offices, where candidates are ahead by thousands of votes with 95 percent of votes in, according to figures by The Associated Press.

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