The election boards in each of New Jersey’s 21 counties have certified their election results with the state. Many elections officials, however, expect they’ll be adjusting the totals for some time as provisional and federal overseas ballots continue to trickle into their offices. There aren’t enough outstanding late provisional ballots to alter the results of the Robert Menendez/Joe Kyrillos Senate race or the Barack Obama/Mitt Romney Presidential election. But for local races, such as school board and council elections, incoming ballots could make a difference. In Cumberland County, some of the unofficial election results—from polling places—were overturned by the addition of mail-in and provisional ballot counts. Meanwhile, Gloucester County and Morris County results remained unchanged.
“The last provisional ballots just came in today and they were counted – 17 provisional and 1 mail-in ballot,” said Angela Rosa, Sussex County Deputy Clerk. Sussex County didn’t ask for an extension from the state and certified their results last week on Nov. 21. “The state seems to be pushing for those certifications, so we sent them knowing that we’d probably have to amend.”
Because of the unprecedented voting environment following Hurricane Sandy’s upheaval — including flooded homes, rampant power shortages, and damaged polling places — the state instituted two measures to help displaced voters. On Election Day, they could cast provisional ballots in any polling place in the state. And until the Friday after the election, they could send in electronic ballots.