Sunday, June 14, 2009

Recount Deadline Looms

Despite Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Green's remarks at the party reorganization last Monday, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has posted official primary results that declare Bridget Rivers the Fourth Ward City Council winner.

Rivers was named president of the Plainfield Board of Education for the second year in April.

Green talked about eight provisional ballots that might be in doubt, but a city resident called the Division of Elections later and was told there had only been five provisional ballots. This writer also showed Green the official results that showed Rivers winning by six votes over Vera Greaves, the running mate of Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs. Green had said he had lawyers looking into the validity of the provisional ballots.

The deadline to request a recount is Wednesday.

Of 2,324 registered Democrats in the Fourth Ward, 496, or 21 percent, came out to vote in the June 2 primary.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does it cost for lawyers to "look into" doing the recount and who pays for it? Green? The county party? The city committee? If it is the county or city committee, there was no vote taken to pay for this.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With a vote that close, a recount should be required by law.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Jerry Green is trying to scare Bridget Rivers into gigi g him something. She should not be scared. She won and is now the Democratic Party Nominee for 4th Ward Councilperson. Instead of wasting money trying to challeng her election, as chairman of the party, Jerry should be figuring out how to get the vote out for the entire Democratic ticket, including Corzine. We all know Corzine is going to need all the help he can get. The longer Jerry continues to be unwilling to accept Bridget's win, the more he will upset the majority of voters in the 4th Ward that support her.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Green gave Vera Greaves a consolation prize in the form of a seat on the Union County Executive Committee where she will have virtually no power. For him to refuse to acknowledge Bridget's win two weeks after shows what he thinks of the will of the people in the 4th ward. Bridget won. Bridget's supporters see that what has been said about Green in the 4th ward is true. He doesn't care. After he finally concedes the race, as he will certainly have to do on Wednesday, let's see how he will make attempts to coopt Bridget and her supporters with more empty talk of unity. They've insulted her enough.

10:04 AM  

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