This story has been updated from a previous version to include comments from Camden County.
CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden Votes slate of candidates say they plan to contest Tuesday's school board election results.
As the results currently stand, the candidates with the top three votes are Education for Everyone candidate Nyemah Gillespie, who received 2,070 votes, Education for Everyone candidate Falio Leyba-Martinez, who received 1,742 votes, and Camden Votes candidate Elton Custis, who received 1,604 votes, according to unofficial results from Camden County.
On election night, candidates Je'nell McRae and Tyann La-Shae Wall, also running on the Camden Votes ticket, were neck and neck for a seat along with Education for Everyone candidate Troy Still.
Camden Votes Campaign Manager Sharde Taylor said two machine malfunctions at the Yorkship polling site resulted in the drastic overnight result changes. Taylor said Leyba-Martinez received an additional 600 votes at the site after a manual count. However, the county disputed claims of machine malfunctions on election night.
"In no uncertain terms did the operation of the voting machines malfunction on election night. Every vote was read by the machine," the county said in a statement.
Taylor said the candidates plan to file to contest after the county posts the official election results.
The county board of elections is still tallying vote by mail and provisional ballots and should certify the election results in the coming days.
Public school board elections were restored following a 2018 referendum in which residents took back control from the state with a 62 percent majority. Tuesday was the first public election since the state’s 2013 takeover, though board members serve only in an advisory capacity and do not have the authority to vote or approve items.