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[UPDATE 11/8 5:00 pm] Robin Major at the Board of Elections writes via email to AHHerald, “The BOE will begin counting provisional ballots on Friday, November 12th. Canvassing of results will take place on Monday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m. The County Clerk has up to November 20th to certify election results with the NJ Secretary of State.”

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – The election is over. Council President James Murphy, a Republican, has won reelection to the Atlantic Highlands Borough Council, but we still don’t know who won the second available seat on the governing body.

After the polls closed Tuesday night, results from each voting district were forwarded to the Monmouth County Board of Election for tabulation along with mail-in votes and provisional ballots.

Democrat Brian Dougherty trailed Republican Ellen Y. O’Dwyer-Woods by 8 votes (905-913) on Wednesday, before early mail-in votes and provisional ballots were counted. Due to the new vote-by-mail law, the mail-in ballot count continues after Election Day. The new law allows mail-in ballots to be received by the Board of Elections up to 6 days after close of the polls, provided the ballot is post-marked on Election Day.

As of Friday night, with early mail-in ballots included, Dougherty leads by 1 vote. (914-913).

Results as posted on the County website on Friday:

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REPJames P. MURPHY97124.51%
REPEllen Y. O’DWYER-WOODS91323.05%
DEMBrian DOUGHERTY91423.07%
DEMLesley Angela D’ALMEIDA87021.96%
NPFMorgan SPICER1523.84%
NPFZachary BROWN1413.56%

Provisional ballots are still to be counted. Provisional ballots are paper ballots that are used at the polling place on election day.

You MUST Vote by Provisional Ballots if:

  • You are a registered voter in the County who moved within the County and did not notify the County Commissioner of Registration before election day of your current address; or
  • Your registration information is not complete in the poll book, for example your signature or address is missing; or
  • You are an Active Need ID voter who has not provided identification information; or
  • There is a marking in the poll book that you applied for a mail-in ballot, but you tell the board worker:
    • you did not apply for one; or
    • you applied for a mail in ballot, but did not receive it; or
    • you received it, but did not return it.

No provisional ballot is counted at the polling place. All provisional ballots are taken to the County Commissioner of Registration’s office after the close of the polls for verification and counting by the County Board of Election.

Councilwoman Lori Hohenleitner said, “At the polls when I was leaving with the results the workers estimated that there were about 50 (provisional ballots) out there, but I don’t think that was a good estimate.”

On Friday, the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office which reports the voting results said via email, “We do not expect any provisional ballots to be looked at (by the Election Board) until next week so we do not anticipate being given these results within the next few days.”

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...