BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ In a primary election that has been anything but business-as-usual, Somerset County has posted results so far in a vote in which affiliated voters cast ballots _ one way or another _ for the candidates they want to represent them in the general election in November.
Voters in the election had multiple ways to cast their ballots, whether by mail, placement in a secure ballot box at town hall, or voting with paper ballots at a limited number of actual polling places open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. Mail-in votes, which needed to be postmarked by July 7, will be accepted by the Somerset County Board of Elections through July 14.
Because of COVID-19, the primary election already had been delayed for a month.
Four candidates, two Republicans and two Democrats, will face off in November in a contest for two three-year seats open on the Bernards Township Committee.
As of Tuesday night, votes from voters who had declared a party affiliation were:
Republican James Baldassare Jr (incumbent), 1,077 votes; Democrat Sophia Chadda, 1,473 votes; Republican Kathleen M. Grochala, 1,058 votes; and Democrat Jonathan Matthew Sandler, 1,436 votes.
The county will continue to post updated vote counts on the website.