WAYNE, NJ – Before the mail-in ballots were counted, three of the Wayne Town Council seats up for election were still a little too close to call. With the Mail-in ballots now in, two races have tightened up and one has widened.
It’s clear by the mail-in ballots that the Wayne Democrats worked hard to get people to vote by mail. “Usually, the mail-in ballots follow the same percentages as the machine votes,” said Paul Margiotta, the Wayne Town Clerk. This year that was not the case, with the mail-in ballots heavily favoring Democrat candidates.
In Ward One the two candidates are now only forty votes apart with Republican incumbent Richard Jasterzbski leading.
While, in Ward Three the two candidates are now only fifty-eight votes apart with Republican incumbent Franco Mazzei leading.
Democrat challenger Francine Ritter’s lead in Ward Five has widened with the mail-in votes counted.
Including Mail-in Ballots:
- Jasterzbski – 551 Votes
- Sullivan – 511 Votes
- Dowicz-Haas – 914
- Mazzei - 972
- Aileen Rivera - 559
- Francine Ritter – 731
These result still remain unofficial until 48-Hour Mail-in votes and Provisional Votes are counted and certified by the Passaic County Clerk.