Republican Candidate for Passaic County Sheriff May Not Meet Residency Requirement for Election

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Republican candidate for Passaic County Sheriff, Troy Oswald, petitions for the November election are being questioned because he may not meet the residency requirements for the County.

The Passaic County Democratic Committee has stated that candidates for county sheriff are required by State law to “have been a citizen of the United States and a resident of the county for at least 3 years next preceding election.”

Currently, records show that Oswald, a former Paterson Police Chief, registered to vote in Clifton on January 3rd of this year, after living in Sussex and Morris counties.  However, online records still indicate his primary residence may be Morris County.  Based on these records, the Passaic County Democratic Committee has submitted a request to the Passaic County Clerk’s office to have Oswald’s election petitions invalidated.

The County Clerk, Danielle Ireland-Imhof, confirmed today she received the rejection request for Oswald’s petitions, and has informed the candidate. She explained, “Oswald has until this Friday morning, April 8th, to submit additional documentation to disprove the claim. After that, all documentation will be submitted to the County Council to render an opinion.”

Oswald announced Wednesday morning on Facebook that his candidacy is “not over” and he has several meetings about it today. He explained that the NJ Democrats are contesting his candidacy “based on a 50-year old law from 1971” that requires 3-year residency.  He continued that “they are trying to disenfranchise voters and not allow them to be heard” and stated he will keep his followers updated.



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