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) are facing incumbents Patrick Scaglione (R) and Mark Caliguire (R) for two Board of Chosen Freeholder (Somerset County)seats that carry a three-year term.

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The unofficial results can be found below: 

BOE Election

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

Freeholder Election 

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.

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