I-Team Investigates: Bedminster election challenge

(11/16/04) BEDMINSTER The two winners of the Bedminster town election, Deputy Mayor Don Cross and Committeeman Kurt Joerger, say they are not worried about a challenge issued by their opponents.

Rivals Alan Maas and Zaheer Jan are taking the results to court due to possible irregularities. Maas and Jan are questioning the appearance of one absentee ballot, which they say is important because Maas lost by one vote. They also claim provisional ballots were illegally stored in unsealed bags.

Maas and Jan also claim that Jans Pakistani background was the subject of smear tactics by the Cross-Joerger team. Flyers were handed out on the night before the election claiming foreign nationals funded the Maas-Jan campaign.

Cross answers the smear allegations by claiming foreign nationals was only referring to people living outside of the town. As for the voting, the Cross-Joerger team says the same methods have been used for decades, and they see no reason for a judge to overturn the election results now.

Related story: I-Team Investigates: The Bedminster Town Election

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