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.

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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:

Ward One:

  • Jasterzbski – 551 Votes
  • Sullivan – 511 Votes

Ward Three:

  • Dowicz-Haas – 914
  • Mazzei - 972

Ward Five:

  • 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.