A couple of possible irregularities before and during Tuesday’s primary election has one candidate for Westfield mayor weighing his options. About 131 votes in the Westfield’s Southwest Precinct weren’t properly tabulated Tuesday night, election administrator Kathy Richardson confirmed this morning.
Richardson said an error regarding council districts was caught early Tuesday and corrected, but the voting electronics wouldn’t accept the amended information.
Workers manually tabulated results using the voting tape this morning, and no races seem adversely affected by the mishap. Challenger Russell Cameron lost the primary election to incumbent Andy Cook by 72 votes in the unofficial tally released Tuesday night, but that difference with today’s update dropped to 61 votes.
Cameron may ask for a recount, particularly after complaints surfaced that Cook was helping to set up voting machines in his Bridgewater district Monday night. Cook said as the precinct committeeman, it’s his responsibility to help set up tables and chairs in advance of the election. He denied setting up or even touching the voting machines.