Some Ward 3 Ballots, Missing Council Candidates’ Names, To Be Replaced


Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi. Photo: Somerset County.

A printer’s error led to the names of Township Council candidates being left off the ballots sent to some residents, but that problem should be rectified this weekend.

That’s the word from Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi, who said the affected ballots were sent to residents who live in District 24, which is part of Ward 3.

Incumbent Charles Onyejiaka, a Democrat, is being challenged for the unexpired term of the Ward 3 council seat by Republican Beverly Briggs-Lawson.

Onyejiaka was appointed to the seat in January, after former Ward 3 Councilman Phil Kramer was sworn in as mayor.

Ballots sent to residents in District 24 do not have either Onyejiaka’s or Briggs-Lawson’s names on them.

“The printer did not have that district as being in that ward,” Radi said.

Ward 3 is comprised of districts 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34.

“The printer promised me they would get the ballots to the post office so they would be delivered today (Nov. 4) or tomorrow,” Radi said. “That’s what I was promised.”

Radi said a problem that cropped up earlier in the fall, mail-in ballots being returned to senders, has been rectified.

Radi reminded voters that all ballots need to be in the Somerset County Election Board Office, 20 Grove St. in Somerville, by 8 p.m. Nov. 8. New Jersey is not a “postmark” state, meaning that a ballot arriving after Nov. 8, but bearing a Nov. 8 postmark, will not be counted.


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