2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 19 - ELECTIONS
Section 19:52-6.1 - Manner of rechecking machines

19:52-6.1. Manner of rechecking machines

Whenever a judge of the Superior Court assigned to a county enters an order for the recheck of any voting machines the county board of elections of such county shall conduct such recheck in co-operation with the county clerk, the commissioner of registration and in counties having a superintendent of election in co-operation with him, which recheck shall be commenced within 5 days of the entry of such order unless otherwise ordered by the judge and conducted in the following manner:

(1) The county board shall ascertain from the defeated candidate or from the petitioners, as the case may be, which districts shall be rechecked and the order in which they shall be rechecked, and upon receiving such information shall conduct the recheck in conformity thereto. If more than one candidate or set of petitioners has requested a recheck and are unable to agree upon the order in which the districts are to be rechecked, such order shall be determined by the judge.

(2) The superintendent of elections in counties having superintendents of election and the county board in all other counties shall remove the padded cover, remove the impounding seal, if any, and unlock the padlock on the metal cover and where necessary raise all voting machines which are to be rechecked before the recheck is actually commenced.

(3) The superintendent of elections in counties having a superintendent of elections and the county board in all other counties shall then proceed to open the counter compartment of each voting machine as the same is rechecked, but in no event shall the counter compartment of more than 1 voting machine be opened at the same time unless it shall be agreed to do so by the county board of elections and a majority of the candidates whose nomination or election may be affected by the outcome of the recheck, and who are present or represented at the recheck, or in the case that the votes cast for or against a public question are to be rechecked then, by agreement between the county board of elections and a representative of the proponents and opponents of the public question.

(4) The county board of elections shall then check the number of votes cast for each candidate, or in the event a public question is involved for or against such public question and announce the number of votes cast for each candidate named in the order or for or against a public question as found on the registering counters and record the same on tally sheets prepared for that purpose.

(5) Whenever a recheck is to be held, the county clerk or the municipal clerk, as the case may be, shall, upon demand by the county board of elections or any candidate whose interests may be affected by the recheck, produce at the time and place of the recheck the official statements containing the results of the election as certified by the various district boards and filed with such officers. The county board of elections shall then recheck the registering counters on the machines with the official statements as returned by the various district boards.

(6) After the recheck is completed the county board in co-operation with the county check or municipal clerk, as the case may be, shall make a comparison of the tally sheets of the county clerk or municipal clerk showing the results of his official canvass with the tally sheets prepared by the county board in making the recheck.

(7) Whenever any discrepancies shall appear as the same are set forth on such tally sheets such discrepancies shall be noted and upon completion of the comparison a report and certification shall be filed with the court wherein the order for the recheck originated, which report shall set forth in full just what discrepancies have been found in the county clerk's or municipal clerk's official canvass.

(8) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to mean that a defeated candidate or in the case of a public question the petitioners cannot abandon the recheck at any time during the progress thereof and receive back the deposit made with the county clerk for the districts which remain unchecked.

(9) In the event it should appear during the course of the recheck that there has been a sufficient change in the tally of votes cast which would affect the result of the election, any candidate who appears then to be defeated, or in the event of a public question the parties in interest whose interest may be affected adversely may, within 7 days, apply to a judge of the Superior Court assigned to the county and receive an order to continue the recheck in his behalf upon the same terms and conditions under which the original recheck was held.

L.1955, c. 260, p. 951, s. 2.

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