No Date Yet for Special Election to Determine Surf City Seat on Long Beach Island School Board

Dec 06, 2017

A tie vote following last month’s election has resulted in the need for a special election to determine the Surf City representative to the Long Beach Island Board of Education. The date, which must be within 60 days of the general election, held Nov. 7, has not yet been set.

Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella said Monday that his office “is waiting to be notified by the Long Beach Island Consolidated School District of a request to conduct an election on a specific date for the Surf City school board seat.”

LBI school board President James Donahower said the board will likely have to meet to discuss the date, and will then contact the clerk’s office.

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

Due to the tie vote, on Nov. 28 the board of election performed a recheck of the voting machines as well as a recount of mail-in and provisional ballots. This recount produced the same result: a 192-192 tie. —J.K.-H.

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