Judge orders Nov. 24 recounts in Morristown, Morris Township races


By Kevin Coughlin

Let the recounts begin.

The outcomes of Morristown’s Fourth Ward Council race and the Morris Township Committee election will be reviewed starting at 10 am on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, per an order by Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz.

recountAttorney Richard Dunne submitted the request on Wednesday on behalf of Morristown Democrat Justin Davis, who lost to Republican incumbent Alison Deeb by 8 votes earlier this month; and for Township Committee candidates Jeff Grayzel and Cathy Wilson, who lost to GOP incumbents Matheu Nunn and Bruce Sisler. 

Grayzel trailed by 23 votes after provisional ballots were counted.

Voting machine numbers will be rechecked first, and then provisional and mail-in ballots will be recounted, the judge ordered on Friday.

Minkowitz further ordered that county and local officials continue to secure all voting machines, ballots and related materials until further notice from the court.

The Morris County Republican organization did not oppose the recount requests.

Dunne’s application raised questions about technical problems with vote tabulation from one Township district on election night. He also cited improper instructions from volunteers at the Convent Station polling place, where voters were segregated by party early on Election Day.


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  1. There should be a lifetime limit on the number of recounts any one candidate can request, particularly once a pattern of unsuccessful challenges has emerged. I wonder how much this costs the tax payers?