Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis is holding his lead – and his ability to avoid a runoff election – after late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots were counted on Thursday.
Davis has gained 42 votes since election night, while his main rival, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, has picked up 43 votes. Dr. Mitchell Brown picked up two more votes in the latest round.
Davis now leads Ashe-Nadrowski by 778 votes, 4,905 to 4,127, a 50.79%-42.73% margin.
These tallies include 79 vote-by-mail ballots that arrived on Wednesday and 10 more votes that came in on Thursday. The latest results released by the Hudson County Clerk earlier this afternoon does not include the 10 votes that came in today.
That puts Davis 75 votes above the 50% + 1 threshold he needs to win outright.
VBM ballots mailed and postmarked by Election Day may still be counted if they arrive at the county Board of Elections by close of business on Monday. It’s not clear how many cure letters to repair defects in uncounted mail-in ballots are still outstanding.
There are 239 provisional ballots still to be counted.
Ashe-Nadrowski would need to win provisionals by a near 2-1 margin to force a runoff.