Fraud claims again in AC mayor race

June 2, 2009 6:26:14 AM PDT
A day before Atlantic City's mayoral primary election, a judge has refused the mayor's request to impound more than 500 absentee ballots as allegations of fraud run rampant.

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Superior Court Judge Valerie Armstrong acknowledged that the number of applications for so-called "messenger ballots" designed for the sick or shut-ins is much higher in Atlantic City than other places.

But she ruled Mayor Lorenzo Langford can file an election challenge to the results - after the voting takes place - if he believes the law has been broken.

Absentee ballots often overturn election night results from voting machines here.

There could be as many as 2,400 absentee ballots returned in Atlantic City by the close of polling Tuesday.

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