Vote Recount for LBI School Board Seat Yields Same Tie Result

Surf City Special Election Will Determine Winner
Nov 28, 2017

A vote recount for the two candidates in the race to determine the Surf City representative to the Long Beach Island Board of Education, conducted midday Tuesday, has yielded the same tie result that initiated the verification.

At the end of election night, Nov. 7, John McMenamin was ahead by one vote over incumbent Allyn Kain – 190 to 189 – in the race to fill the seat. However, the following Monday, 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.

Due to the tie vote, the board of election had to perform a recheck of the voting machines as well as a recount of mail-in and provisional ballots. The voting machine recheck began at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the voting technology center at 110 Lehigh Ave. in Lakewood, followed by the mail-in and provisional ballot recount at the board of election main office, at 129 Hooper Ave. in Toms River.

County Clerk Scott Colabella said earlier this month that if the recount also produced a tie, “the law says there has to be a special election just for that seat,” held within 60 days of the general election.

An employee at the clerk’s office confirmed the recount tie on Tuesday afternoon, around 1:30 p.m., but said information on the date of the special election was not yet available. —J.K.-H.

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