Race for Surf City Seat on LBI School Board to Undergo Full Recount

Nov 15, 2017
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Although the general election is over, the race to determine the Surf City representative to the Long Beach Island Board of Education is not. At the end of election night, last Tuesday, Nov. 7, John McMenamin was ahead by one vote over incumbent Allyn Kain – 190 to 189 – in the race to fill the Surf City seat on the school board. However, on Monday, when the Ocean County Board of Elections met to certify the election, they reviewed all provisional ballots and concluded the race actually ended in a tie, at 192 votes per candidate.

According to County Clerk Scott Colabella, as per the protocol, the board of elections must now apply in writing to the state Superior Court to request a full recount. Once this is approved, the board will set the date, time and location – in Toms River – of the recount, which will include the voting machine, mail-in and provisional ballot tallies.

“Then, if there is the same result – a tie – the law says there has to be a special election just for that seat,” held within 60 days of the general election, Colabella explained.

In the other LBI School Board races, incumbent Georgene Hartmann and newcomer William Fenimore were elected to fill seats representing Long Beach Township and Ship Bottom, respectively. —J.K.-H.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McDonald | Nov 16, 2017 11:18

I wonder how many voters that would have voted for one of these 'tied' candidates didn't show up at the polls because.................

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