SOMERSET, NJ - A court order issued by Superior Court Judge Yolanda Ciccone on Election Day will effectively postpone the final results of many elections in Somerset County until Wednesday.
Six people are vying for three seats on the Board of Education. Incumbent Laurie Merris, former BOE President Ed Potosnak, former BOE member Patricia E. Stanley, Maria L. Tapia-Burch, Joel S. Goldman and Beverly Briggs-Lawson are the candidates, and the terms last for three years.
Local resident Deputy Mayor, Shanel Robinson (D) along with her running mate Sara Sooy (D) defeated incumbents Patrick Scaglione (R) and Mark Caliguire (R) for two Board of Chosen Freeholder (Somerset County)seats that carry a three-year term.
Vote totals for all races – US Senate, House of Representatives, Somerset County Freeholder and a state ballot question asking voters to approve $500 million for education are all affected by the delay caused by the mail-in ballots.
In the race for US Senate,Menendez received 58,492 votes in Somerset County; Hugin received 52,622 votes.
Both of the Republican incumbents running for reelection as Somerset County Freeholders were soundly defeated by their Democratic opponents.
Democrat Robinson, who also ran last year losing by 1,500 votes, received the most votes in the Freeholder election, 59,255; Sooy, her running mate, received 57,741 votes.
Incumbent Freeholder Director Patrick Scaglione received 52,280 votes and his GOP running mate Mark Caligure, 51,720 votes.
The breakdown shows Robinson receiving 26.8 percent of the vote, Sooy, 26.1 percent, Scaglione 23.6 percent and Caliguire, 23.4 percent.
The public ballot question which asked voters to approve a $500 million state bond issue to pay for education infrastructure and programs passed with 48,785 “yes” votes in Somerset County and 45,931 “no” votes.
There were 116,444 votes cast countywide, representing 49.8 percent of the 233,564 registered voters in Somerset County.
All vote totals and results are unofficial until certified by election officials.
The unofficial results can be found below:
Patricia E. Stanley - 8,231
Laurie Merris - 7,018
Ed Potosnak - 6,254
Maria L. Tapia-Burch - 5,839
Beverly Briggs-Lawson - 3,156
Joel S. Goldman - 2,913
Shanel Robinson (D) - 59,255
Sara Sooy (D) - 57,741
Patrick Scaglione (R) - 52,280
Mark Caliguire (R) - 51,720
House of Representatives 12th District (Franklin Township Numbers Only)
Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D) - 15,889
Daryl Kipnis (R) - 5,252
The Board of Elections will resume counting a record number of mail in ballots – any number of which could have an impact on total vote counts in tight races.
The delay, necessitated by a record number of mail-in ballots, makes it difficult, if not impossible, for County Clerk Steve Peter to proclaim the winners of several races on Election night.
“We’re not going to be able to make a lot of calls tonight,” Peter said.
In Franklin Township, 3,493 mail-in ballots were sent out and as of earlier today and 2,428 received, according to Township Clerk Anne Marie McCarthy.