Challenger Shahin Khalique slightly strengthened his lead over incumbent Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman by a single vote after Thursday morning’s 2nd Ward election recount.
After making a social media posting alerting voters to be aware of a woman allegedly involved in the 2nd Ward mail-in ballot controversy, two men found themselves at the receiving end of a “cease and desist” letter and harassment charges.
As he heads into the city’s 2nd Ward election on Tuesday, Shahin Khalique is already ahead of his three opponents by 1,000 votes cast through mail-in ballots, according to a new campaign flyer released by the Khalique campaign.
The state has yet to receive 29-day pre-election campaign finance reports from 7 of the 19 people running in the city’s municipal elections, according to New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) records.
Four men running for the 2nd Ward city council seat squared off in the council chambers on Wednesday afternoon to debate questionable mail-in ballots, recreation, taxes, state aid, and the hotspot business curfew ordinance.
The proliferation of large number of mail-in ballots and the questionable practices being utilized to gather them in the 2nd Ward has pushed the Passaic County Superintendent of Elections to expand her initial investigation into a phony letter to include mail-in ballots.
More than 1,400 mail-in ballots requests from 2nd Ward has been processed by Passaic County election officials alarming three of the four men running for a council seat in that ward.