UNION, NJ – No change in the three declared winners of Union’s Board of Education election resulted from a recount that took place on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Union County Voting Machine Warehouse in Scotch Plains.

Winners declared after Election Day in Union’s Board of Education race were incumbent and current Board president Nancy Minneci, Guy A. Francis, and incumbent board member Mary Lynn Williams.

A manual recount of the school board election was requested via application by candidate Jeffrey Monge, who came in fourth by seven votes.  According to the Union County Board of Elections, a recount of all vote by mail and provisional ballots and a recheck of the voting machines was conducted.

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The results conclude that Williams defeated Monge by 12 votes.  According to the Board of Elections, “there was a significant increase in votes cast and results for each of the candidates” and ten vote by mail ballots and three provisional ballots were adjudicated and counted, which were correctly determined by the vote tabulator machine “as having overvotes (11 ballots) and undervotes (2 ballots).”  Additionally, twenty vote by mail ballots, which were hand-counted on Election Day, were inadvertently not included in the certified results.

Official and certified results are:

Nancy Minneci                  3,177

Chastity Santana               1,120

Guy A. Francis                   3,187

Alexander J. Balaban          884

Nadege Ricketts                2,390

Jeffrey Monge                   2,645

Nellis Regis-Darby            2,531

Mary Lynn Williams         2,657