BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- One week after Election Day and the Bloomfield BOE election results were still not finalized as the in person and mail-in ballot totals left the final spot too close to call. Jill Fischman and Daniel Anderson had a comfortable enough lead to solidify their spots but the third and final spot was a toss up between Emily Smith and Benjamin Morse. The results on election night showed Smith with a 16 vote lead on Morse. 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. After that count Smith clung to a 2 vote lead.
We were then 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 had scheduled a meeting for today at 4:00pm to count these provisional ballots.
After counting provisional ballots. Smith and Morse are in an unofficial tie with Smith receiving 28 provisional votes to Morse's 30. The Essex County Clerk's Office stated that there is one voting machine that needs to be checked to ensure no votes were missed. Election results will be certified on Thursday. Until then, we still have no clear cut winner for the third spot.
TAPinto Bloomfield will update this story as information becomes available.