The trickle of late arriving vote-by-mail ballots in Bayonne may have stopped. All eight ballots that arrived at the Hudson County Board of Elections on Friday were postmarked on May 11 – too late to be counted.
Hudson has begun reviewing provisional ballots cast on Election Day, finding 38 of them are good to be counted, 12 coming from non-registered voters, and 224 still questionable.
Tallies in the Bayonne mayor and city council contests have not changed since Thursday. Mayor Jimmy Davis is still 75 votes in front of where he needs to be to avoid a runoff election. He leads City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski by 778 votes, 50.79%-42.73%.
Mail-in ballots that arrive by Monday can still be counted if they are postmarked by 8 PM on Election Day.
The eight voided ballots don’t necessarily mean that they were mailed after the polls closed. Among the risks of using the U.S. Postal Service for late voting is that ballots placed in a mailbox before the polls close – including mail picked up by carriers on Election Day – doesn’t guarantee that the post office will process the ballots that day.
Should the election come down to those eight votes – an unlikely scenario – candidates would have the option of soliciting sworn affidavits from those voters that they indeed mailed the ballots on Election Day, and then submit them to a judge in a bid to get them counted.