MONTCLAIR, NJ - A group of residents, led by Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville, will be rallying in Montclair on July 1 to demand action regarding votes not counted during the May 12 Municipal election.
The rally will take place outside of the Montclair Municipal Building, located at 205 Claremont Avenue on Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m.
Essex County officials have reported that 1086 votes have not been counted in the May 12 Montclair Municipal election.
The League of Women Voters and NAACP have joined forces with Baskerville to raise awareness to this issue and to call for those votes to be counted. With 195 votes separating the two mayoral candidates and claims from numerous residents that their votes were not counted, Baskerville and 15 other residents have filed a lawsuit, scheduled for a hearing on September 11, 2020.
Due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, this was the first election to ever be completely vote-by-mail-ballot. The election results have been riddled with complaints that the post office closed early on May 12, residents saying that their votes were rejected, late arrivals of votes through the USPS mail system, among others. Final election tallies indicate that there were 10748 votes cast for the mayoral seat and Sean Spiller declared winner, with a 195-vote lead.
“We need to make sure that every vote is counted going forward, but we also need to encourage Governor Murphy to take executive action to give back to those who voted in the May 12th Municipal Election the most powerful weapon in our participatory democracy…every vote cast should be counted,” said Baskerville.
The following letter was sent to the LWV members:
PLEASE JOIN US!!!!!
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area and the NAACP of Montclair are holding an event to emphasize the disturbing fact that 10% of the votes cast in the Montclair election were not counted and to press for changes to avoid this happening again. The League and the NAACP are committed to overcoming barriers to voting and ensuring every vote is counted, especially in the upcoming primary and general elections. This is not a statement about the election results, but rather an attempt to call attention to the vital issue of voting rights. Be sure to come on
July 1 to show that you want ALL votes counted !
Wednesday, 7/1st at 10am at the Municipal Building in Montclair (205 Claremont Ave). For further information, please contact Susan Mack at 973-202-7153 or email@example.com.
We plan to have 1,101 ballots strung 10x10 on rope and held on the ends by people attending the event. There would be 11 sets of these displays to reflect all 1,101 votes not counted.
LWV US Convention begins this afternoon.
We are being represented at the virtual meeting by Donna Ward and Ann Moore.
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