PISCATAWAY, NJ – The partial, unofficial results of the July 7, 2020 Primary Election have been posted online by officials with the Middlesex County Board of Elections. Vote By Mail ballots will continue to be tabulated until July 15th which could affect the results currently shown.
The unofficial results for Piscataway:
Current township mayor, Brian C. Wahler leads challenger, William J. Irwin.
In the race for Township Council, Democratic incumbents, Gabrielle Cahill, Kapil Shah, and Chanelle Scott-McCullum lead challengers Ralph Johnson, Laura Leibowitz and Tamuela Tillman.
On the county level, incumbents Charles Tomaro and Leslie Koppel lead challengers Neeharika Thuravil and Catherine Hunt in the Democratic race for Middlesex County Freeholder. The winners will face Republican challengers John M. Masculi and Andrew T. Politi in November’s general election.
For County Clerk, Nancy J. Pinkin leads Democrat challenger, Herb Tarbous. The winner will face challenger, Joseph C. Wolak who is running unopposed on the Republican ticket.
Democratic Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) is expected to retain his seat in Congress.
Democratic incumbent Senator Corey Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president are also expected to win.
Because of the changes to the voting process for this year’s Primary Elections, Board of Elections officials posted the following statement on Middlesexcountynj.gov:
“Below are unofficial results for the 2020 Primary Election; these results represent all the ballots received and processed by the Middlesex County Board of Elections as of 8:06 PM on July 7, 2020. These results are partial and unofficial, and will continue to be updated as mail-in ballots are received through July 14th and provisional ballots are tabulated post July 15th.
As per Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 144, the July 7, 2020 Primary Election has been mainly conducted by Vote By Mail, with a limited number of polling places open where voters were able to cast their ballot in person using a provisional ballot, or by accessing an ADA device.
Executive Order 144 also allowed for ballots postmarked on or before July 7, 2020 and received by the Board of Elections within 7 days to be considered valid and to be canvassed. To account for the increase in Vote By Mail ballots and to provide the County Boards of Elections sufficient time to process the returned ballots, Executive Order 144 suspended N.J.S.A. 19:63-18, allowing for the continuation of the counting of ballots beyond the close of polls on July 7, 2020.”
Registered voters were sent Vote By Mail paper ballots that could either be mailed in or dropped off at the Middlesex County Board of Elections office. A secure drop box was also installed outside the Piscataway police station where voters could also deposit their sealed mail-in ballots.
In Piscataway, in-person voting was held at the high school and the Senior Center where residents could submit provisional paper ballots.
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