Andy Kim took the lead in the race for the third congressional district’s House seat Wednesday afternoon after newly-counted mail-in ballots were added 14,487 new Kim votes and marked only 9,550 new votes for Rep. Tom MacArthur.
Kim led MacArthur 148,580 to 145,958. That lead of 2,622 votes is a swing of about 5,000 from MacArthur’s 2,315-vote lead at the start of the day.
It’s good news for Kim, but it’s likely bad news for anyone hoping to see the race called this week.
Burlington County Board of Elections Chairman Joe Dugan said he expects to send between 3,000 and 4,000 provisional ballots to County Superintendent of Elections George Kotch.
Kotch will perform a lengthy validation process on those ballots to pick out any that were improperly cast. If, for example, some ballots were cast by unregistered voters or voters registered to another district they would be thrown out. Dugan said he expects that process to finish on Monday or Tuesday.
The board of elections is aiming to certify official election results next Wednesday.
It’s also possible that Ocean County will update its own voting total in the next few minutes, Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella told the New Jersey Globe earlier today.
He aims to put out updates Wednesday and Thursday as new mail-in ballots come in, though if no such updates come before 4:30 p.m., when the office closes, it’s safe to say there won’t be any for the day.
Colabella is aiming to have his final unofficial numbers published by Friday. His county is also aiming to certify official results next Wednesday, after provisional ballots have been validated and tallied.