Two uncounted provisional ballots in Atlantic County must be added to the official tally and two more voters will have an opportunity to cure deficiencies in their ballots, Superior Court Judge Stanley Bergman, Jr. ordered today.
The Atlantic County Board of Elections deadlocked 2-2 on those four ballots – all based on signature matching issues — forced Bergman to essentially act as the tiebreaker.
“It is a little bit of a quirk since the certification deadline for the county clerks has passed,” Deputy Attorney General Steven Gleeson told the judge.
Bergman said his own examination of two of the ballot convinced him that the votes should be counted; the other two, including one where a voter was assisted, will have an opportunity to be cured. He ordered letters sent to the two voters within 24 hours and gave them seven days to repair the deficiency in their signature.
“I didn’t count the vote because, one, it’s not the actual signature,” Bergman said. “ I find that there’s no similarity whatsoever. I think it actually and I find it’s actually a different person that signed. My only concern is that it might have been some type of assister and there might have been some confusion as to that . But the documents to me do not provide proofs that this person was actually the assister.”
According to Gleeson, there is no race in the county where the outcome will be affected by the additional votes.