State of New Jersey

New Jersey Loch Arbour Election Contest

Robert v. Hedeya

Lawsuit filed by 24 registered voters against the Monmouth County Board of Elections, Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon and others challenging the results of the May 2024 Loch Arbour municipal election. The plaintiffs allege that there was fraudulent voter registration in the election. Loch Arbour elects three at-large members to its board of commissioners to serve for three year terms. The board serves as the major legislative body for the municipality. The plaintiffs allege that there were 284 registered voters in Loch Arbour’s latest May 2024 election, compared to the 148 registered voters in May 2023 and Loch Arbour recorded a total population of 224 as of the 2020 census. They claim that similar influxes in registered voters were observed in the neighboring municipalities of Allenhurst and Deal, all of which are being investigated by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The plaintiffs argue that due to this potential voter fraud, there is no way to determine the results of the May 2024 Loch Arbour election. They allege at least 80 illegal votes were cast, which would be enough to change the results of the election. They ask the court to discard the results of the May 2024 election and order that a new election be conducted.

STATUS: The plaintiffs filed their complaint on June 17, 2024. The defendants have not responded yet. A hearing on the plaintiffs’ petition is scheduled to begin on August 15, 2024.

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