NUTLEY, NJ - Election Day 2018 is far from uneventful in Nutley with heavy rain, delayed openings, and provisional ballots all screaming to be in the headlines.
At Radcliffe school, polls did not open until 6:45 a.m. because the poll workers arrived late. Polls were scheduled to be open at 6 a.m.; they will be open throughout the township until 8 p.m. tonight.
Township of Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli voted in the 8 o'clock hour this morning at Spring Garden School. Wearing a maroon sweater, the color of the Nutley Raiders, who just defeated Belleville this past Saturday, Scarpelli commented that the turnout was great.
At Spring Garden School, parking in the in school lot proved challenging as the lot filled fast, Drivers were quite angry, blowing car horns and freely using f-bombs despite school being in session within earshot.
Some residents have reached out about issues related to mail in voting. Residents who are on record of receiving a vote by mail ballot, but either did not return it or do not recall receiving it, are still eligible to vote at the local polling place. These people fill out a 'provisional ballot' Once all of the regular machine votes are tabulated, and mail in ballots are counted, the Essex County Clerk will check the details on each provisional ballot against those lists before counting the provisional ballots.
In this election cycle the large number of vote by mail ballots, and subsequent provisional ballots submitted, has created a situation whereby any preliminary information reported tonight will be very preliminary.
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