New Jersey city councilman Alex Mendez and 3 others were charged with voter fraud in June 2020. All four defendants have denied the charges.
Ultimately, the Passaic County Board of Elections decided not to count 800 ballots cast in the race.
In June 2020, voter fraud charges were brought against Mendez, Paterson Council Vice President Michael Jackson and two other men: Shelim Khalique, of Wayne, and Abu Rayzen, of Prospect Park. An attorney for Councilman William McKoy, who had been defeated by Mendez, then successfully sought an injunction that barred Mendez from being sworn into office. All four men have denied any wrongdoing
On August 19, 2020, a New Jersey judge ruled that the election in Paterson, N.J., had been irreversibly tainted and ordered a new vote to be held in November for the City Council seat.