NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The winners of Tuesday's Board of Education elections will not be known until next week.
A spokesperson for Middlesex County told TAPinto New Brunswick that the winners of the three board seats will be announced Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Tuesday’s election here and in some 30 other municipal and school board races across the state are being conducted entirely through mail-in votes because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Tuesday was election day, ballots had been arriving at the Board of Elections for several weeks and the county will continue accepting mail-in ballots postmarked May 12 for 48 hours.
Three incumbents – Dale Caldwell, Emra Seawood and Patricia Valera – were running for re-election under the New Beginnings for New Brunswick Schools banner. Caldwell is the vice president of the board.
Three challengers running on the Students First ticket were also on the ballots: Linda "Lindy" Stork, Reginald "Reggie" Parker and Jad Kaado.
Maria Concepcion Powell is the lone Republican on the ballot.
Citing the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 105, pushing the April 21 election to May 12 and requiring it to be a vote-by-mail election.
The first by-mail election in New Jersey’s history didn’t go off without a few issues, most notably in Passaic County. The county Board of Elections has disqualified as many as 800 mail-in votes in Paterson’s City Council races on the grounds that the ballots allegedly were improperly bundled together, according to a northjersey.com report.
When asked to comment on the by-mail elections across the state at today’s daily COVID-19 news conference, Gov. Phil Murphy said, “It’s largely too early to give you a full answer, but we need to make a decision on the July 7 (primary) elections. So, you could imagine we’re digesting yesterday pretty aggressively. I was back and forth with the secretary of state (Tahesha Way) yesterday, both during the day and last evening. We did some amount of postmortems today. I texted or called some of the winners to congratulate them. So, I don’t have a good comprehensive answer.”