GLEN ROCK, NJ - While Glen Rock definitively chose its mayor, there is still some question about who will serve as the next council members, with the provisional votes yet to be counted, according to the borough administration. Borough officials are not anticipating a final vote count until late next week.
What is a provisional vote?
According to Wikipedia, "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.
"Some of the most common reasons to cast a provisional ballot include:
- The voter's name does not appear on the electoral roll for the given precinct (polling place), because the voter is not registered to vote or is registered to vote elsewhere.
- The voter's eligibility cannot be established or has been challenged.
- The voter requested to vote by absentee ballot but claims to have not received, or not cast, the absentee ballot.
- The voter's registration contains inaccurate or outdated information such as the wrong address or a misspelled name.
- Whether a provisional ballot is counted is contingent upon the verification of that voter's eligibility, which may involve local election officials reviewing government records or asking the voter for more information, such as a photo identification not presented at the polling place or proof of residence."
The latest totals are as follows:
Kristine Morieko: 1935
Sanjiv Ohri: 1782
Council (two seats to be filled):
Teresa Gilbreath: 1786
Robert Dill: 1783
Eric J. Schlett: 1773
Michelle Teresa Torpey: 1747
Joseph J. Koenig: 303
"The absentee ballot are counted within 48 hours, and then the provisional ballots will be counted next week, so we won't know until possibly late next week," Borough Clerk Jaqueline Scalia said in an email.
On election night, Nov. 5, a total of four votes separated the three top vote-getters for Glen Rock Council, Gilbreath, Dill and Schlett.
The governing body of Glen Rock, consists of a mayor and six council members elected at large, according to the League of Women Voters. Two council members are elected each year for three-year terms and the Mayor is elected for four years. The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer for the Borough.
According to the unofficial results Gilbreath and Dill, as of this moment, will fill the two open seats-- one left by republican Mike O'Hagan, who did not run for re-election, and the other one currently being filled by Michelle Torpey, who was fulfilling the unexpired term of Bill Leonard and challenging for the seat.
Morieko has two remaining years left in her three-year term on the council, but will now move to the mayoral position. Democrats will appoint someone to fill her unexpired term, likely in January.
If the totals hold, Gilbreath and Dill will join the other democrats on the council: Mary Barchetto, Amy Martin and Arati Kreibich, plus the new person to be appointed to Morieko's unexpired term.
The newest members of the council and the new mayor will take the oath of office in January 2020 at the governing body's annual reorganization meeting.