BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Although Election Day has come and gone, the results of the Bloomfield BOE election are still inconclusive. Because of the close nature of the final tally last Tuesday evening, plus the ensuing count of provisional and mail in ballots, the final results are still too close to call. While Jill Fischman and Daniel Anderson seemingly have a comfortable lead, Emily M. Smith and Benjamin Morse are extremely close and the winners will not be able to be fully determined until Tuesday, November 12th.
The results as of Election Night were as follows:
Jill FISCHMAN 1,906
Emily M. SMITH 1,712
Lillian MANCHENO 1,344
Laura IZURIETA 851
Satenik MARGARYAN 1,182
Benjamin MORSE 1,696
Daniel ANDERSON 1,736
There were 34 Vote by Mail Ballots that had been returned to the Board of Elections through the United States Post Office on November 6th and November 7th. Those Vote by Mail Ballots were counted on Friday, November 8th. The following reflects these Vote by Mail Ballots;
Jill FISCHMAN- 8 mail-in Total 2,004
Emily M. SMITH- 9 mail-in Total 1,721
Lillian MANCHENO- 8 mail-in Total 1,352
Laura IZURIETA -7 mail-in Total 858
Satenik MARGARYAN- 19 mail-in Total 1,201
Benjamin MORSE-23 mail-in Total 1,719
Daniel ANDERSON- 21 mail-in Total 1,757
Write-In- 3 mail-in Total 23
Now we are left with provisional ballots. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a given voter's eligibility that must be resolved before the vote can count. According to the Essex County Clerk's Office there were 127 Provisional ballots which were received and needed to be verified by the Commissioner of Registration to verify their validity. 42 of the 127 provisional ballots have been deemed qualified for the Township of Bloomfield. The Board of Elections have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday at 4:00pm to count these provisional ballots.
TAPinto Bloomfield will update this story as soon as the official results are known.