Vote totals for Tuesday’s Jersey City special election have been stuck at 95.05 percent of precincts reporting since Tuesday night, and the complete count will stay unknown until at least Monday. Two voting-machine cartridges are still in the machines themselves, and they can’t be retrieved without a court order, Hudson County Clerk Barbara Netchert said yesterday.
Ward F Councilwoman Viola Richardson and her running mate, Rolando Lavarro, are the leading vote-getters, with third-place finisher Sue Mack about 250 votes behind Lavarro, counting mail-in ballots. Mack’s team is hoping the missing cartridges will lead to enough votes for her to overtake Lavarro.
It won’t be until Monday at the earliest that the county will be in court to argue in favor of retrieving the missing cartridges, Netchert said.
Once the county gets the OK from a judge to open the voting machines, she said, the county can complete the count and certify the election. That could happen as early as Monday, but more likely on Tuesday, she said.