SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The Essex County Clerk has certified the results of the South Orange Municipal Election, and the three members of the Board of Trustees who have been elected are Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, and Stephen Schnall.
- Karen Hilton received 1,321 votes, the most of any candidate, and 26.32% of the total vote.
- Walter Clarke, who currently serves on the Board of Trustees, received 1,293 votes, 25.76% of the total vote.
- Stephen Schnall, also currently on the Board of Trustees, received 1,192 votes, 23.75% of the total vote.
Hilton, Clarke, and Schnall, ran together on the slate of "South Orange 2017," with the platform of "Proven Results and Fresh Perspectives."
In fourth place was Independent candidate Nureed Saeed who received 1,170 votes, 23.31% of the total vote. Saeed ran on a platform of "Independent Thought. Innovation. Inclusion."
There were 41 write-in votes, accounting for 0.85% of the total votes.
There were 912 "under votes," meaning a voter chose to vote for fewer than three candidates.
In total, 5,042 votes were cast by 1,974 people, which is about 16% of the 12,250 registered voters in South Orange.
Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin explained the process which was undertaken to certify the vote, which included verifying and counting provisional ballots. In addition, Durkin stated, "results from one of the voting machines was not verified on election night. The election results from a voting machine in District 7 was not returned by the Board workers so we needed to receive a court order to verify the results from that voting machine." There were also three emergency ballots which needed to be counted. The vote does not need to be certified by Essex County until the Monday after the election, which would have been this Monday, May 16.