Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Former Trustee Appeals Ruling

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Former Trustee Appeals Ruling

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CLIFTON -- A former school trustee filed an appeal Friday of an elections ruling that disqualified him from serving on the board, a move that could shake up how his successor is chosen.

Wayne Demikoff resigned his seat on the school board a month ago, after a ruling by the Passaic County superintendent of elections that he was no longer a registered voter in the city.

Demikoff, who served on the board for 17 years, bought a house in Morris County in August. When he listed the new address on his driver's license, the elections chief, Sherine El-Abd, said he was no longer a Clifton resident even though he said he leased a house in the city owned by his sister-in-law up until his resignation.

In a three-page letter sent to the county Board of Elections on Friday, Demikoff asked its three commissioners to overturn El-Abd's ruling. He cited a state law that allows him to declare the house he considered his voting residence, which he said was the leased house in Clifton.

"The ball is in their court now," Demikoff said.

Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools Robert Davis, the state's liaison to local districts, has said the elections ruling removed Demikoff from the board and that his resignation was a "moot point. …

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