A Camden County Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit Wednesday that sought to overturn the results of Chesilhurst’s June primary due to alleged voter fraud.
Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. ruled that the suit had been filed after the 10 days allowed for election challenges. Councilwoman Waltha Webb filed suit July 8 alleging that eight votes were cast illegally by people not living in the borough of 1,520 residents. She lost the June 7 Democratic primary by a single vote to Rukiah Alwan, who appeared in court Wednesday.
Webb’s attorney argued her client had filed a complaint with the Camden County Board of Elections within 10 days of the primary. But McBride said the challenge should have come in the form of a lawsuit in Superior Court.
Alwan is a member of a Democratic faction in Chesilhurst that includes two politicians, Elaris Robinson and Larry James, who were charged in 2007 with tampering with absentee-ballot applications. The case was thrown out and their records expunged, Robinson said last month.
Webb said she had provided the Prosecutor’s Office with information on alleged voter fraud in the June primary.