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2 City Councilmen Indicted For Mail-In Voting Fraud

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Two Paterson, New Jersey city council members were indicted by a state grand jury for alleged election fraud related to a May, 2020 special election, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Wednesday.

The investigation began after Paterson City Councilman Alex Mendez, won the May special election to fill a council seat. Voter fraud claims soon surfaced, however. The U. S Postal Inspection Service alerted Grewal’s office that “numerous” mail-in ballots were found stuffed in a Haledon mailbox. Hundreds of mail-in ballots were also discovered stuffed in a Paterson mailbox, according to Grewal’s announcement.

Grewal charged Mendez, Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson and two others in June.

Mendez allegedly approached multiple voters in Paterson – where he was running for office – to collect their official mail-in ballots for delivery. Grewal’s office alleged Mendez delivered the ballots to the Passaic County Board of Elections “without information identifying the bearer, in violation of state election laws.”

Mendez also allegedly submitted at least one voter registration application which he knew was fraudulent and that the applicant was not eligible to vote in the election district identified on the application.

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