NEW JERSEY -- It only took four alleged fraudsters to get 19% of a city council election votes disqualified. This election was conducted by mail-in votes because of the pandemic and it proved to be an epic disaster right from the start.

There was apparently some accusations of fraud, voter intimidation, and even ballot theft in the municipal elections held in Paterson, NJ. The state Attorney General, Gurbir S. Grewal, is charging at least four men with voter fraud. Even worse, one of them is the vice president of the City Council and he was running in that election. "Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal today announced voting fraud charges against Paterson City Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and two other men in connection with the May 12, 2020 special election in the City of Paterson."

Here's a list of the men and charges:

Michael Jackson, 48, of Paterson—1st Ward Councilman and Council Vice President
  • Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree)
  • Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree)
  • Tampering with Public Records (3rd Degree)
  • Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th Degree)
Alex Mendez, 45, of Paterson—3rd Ward Councilman-Elect
  • Election Fraud (2nd Degree)
  • Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree)
  • Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree)
  • False Registration or Transfer (Third-Degree)
  • Tampering with Public Records (3rd Degree)
  • Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th Degree)
Shelim Khalique, 51, of Wayne, N.J.
  • Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree)
  • Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree)
  • Tampering with Public Records (3rd Degree)
  • Falsifying or Tampering with Records (4th Degree)
Abu Razyen, 21, of Prospect Park, N.J.
  • Fraud in Casting Mail-In Vote (3rd Degree)
  • Unauthorized Possession of Ballots (3rd Degree)
Here's the scoop on what allegedly happened from Real Clear Politics:

Over 800 ballots in Paterson were invalidated for appearing in mailboxes improperly bundled together – including a one mailbox where hundreds of ballots were in a single packet. The bundles were turned over to law enforcement to investigate potential criminal activity related to the collection of the ballots.

The board of elections disqualified another 2,300 ballots after concluding that the signatures on them did not match the signatures on voter records.

Reporting by NBC further uncovered citizens of Paterson who are listed as having voted, but who told the news outlet they never received a ballot and did not vote. One woman, Ramona Javier, after being shown the list of people on her block who allegedly voted, told the outlet she knew of eight family members and neighbors who were wrongly listed. “We did not receive vote-by-mail ballots and thus we did not vote,” she said. “This is corruption. This is fraud.”

With this being such a small election and still boasting a 19% failure rate, one can speculate that if this was a major election across a state or even the entire country, that there could possibly be similar results.

To find nearly 20% of the votes to be fraudulent is way too high to risk.

If we can protest in person, then we can vote in person.