Special Election Jan. 23 to Determine Surf City Seat on LBI School Board

Dec 20, 2017
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Surf City residents will have a second chance to decide borough representation on the Long Beach Island Board of Education. The Nov. 7 election, as well as a vote recount, ended in a tie between candidates John McMenamin and Allyn Kain. As Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella explained, the board of education’s attorney requested Tuesday, Jan. 23, as the date for a special runoff election, and the request was granted by the Superior Court.

“Vote-by-mail ballots are available for Surf City residents at our Toms River office now,” Colabella noted. “Any Surf City registered voter can either go to our website at oceancountyclerk.com and print the vote-by-mail application and send the application to our office, or call our office at 732-929-2018 and request our staff to mail an application, or visit our office in person and complete the application and obtain a ballot on the same day.

“In addition, applications and vote-by-mail ballots can be obtained at our Southern Service Center Office at 179 South Main St. in Manahawkin.”

Vote-by-mail applications will also be published in The SandPaper and the Atlantic City Press on Wed., Dec 20, for Surf City voters to fill out and mail to the clerk’s office.

At the end of election night, McMenamin was ahead by one vote over 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 the following week, it reviewed all provisional ballots and concluded the race actually ended in a tie, at 192 votes per candidate.

Due to the tie, the board of election performed a recheck of the voting machines as well as a recount of mail-in and provisional ballots, but this produced the same result. —J.K.-H.

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