LBI School District Applies for Special Runoff Election for Board of Education Seat

Dec 13, 2017

Ocean County Clerk Scott M.Colabella said Monday that the attorney for the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District has made an emergent application with the Superior Court requesting Jan. 23 as the date for a special runoff election to determine the Surf City representative to the LBI Board of Education. The election, as well as a vote recount, ended in a tie between candidates John McMenamin and Allyn Kain.

“We are awaiting a decision as of now,” Colabella noted. “Hopefully, we will receive a response this week.”

At the end of election night, Nov. 7, McMenamin was ahead by one vote over the incumbent Kain – 190 to 189 – in the race to fill the seat. However, when the Ocean County Board of Election met to certify the results, it reviewed all provisional ballots and concluded the race actually ended in a tie, at 192 votes per candidate.

The board of election then performed a recheck of the voting machines as well as a recount of mail-in and provisional ballots, which produced the same result.

As Colabella explained last month, in this situation, “the law says there has to be a special election just for that seat.” —J.K.-H.

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