Suit challenges vote which saw Fall River mayor recalled, re-elected

Mayor Jasiel Correia was indicted last year on tax and fraud charges related to an app he developed.

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia.
Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia. –Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A lawsuit is challenging a special election in which embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was both recalled and re-elected.

The Boston Globe reports the suit filed Tuesday by 10 residents seeks to invalidate the unusual outcome of the March 12 election that kept Correia in office though a majority of voters wanted him removed.

The 27-year-old Democrat was indicted last year on tax and fraud charges related to an app he developed.

More than 60 percent voted to recall the mayor. But a separate part of the ballot asked voters who should replace him and Correia topped a list of five candidates with about 35 percent of the vote.

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The lawsuit says once recalled, Correia shouldn’t have been eligible for re-election and asks that second-place finisher Paul Coogan be declared mayor.