Following a recount today, the victory of a bond issue referendum in the South Hunterdon Regional School District was upheld, with 1,773 votes in favor and 1,771 votes against. According to a letter sent by the Hunterdon County Board of Elections to Superior Court Judge Michael F. O’Neill, the recount did not uncover any errors, and the original vote totals remained unchanged.
The referendum, which will funnel $33.4 million towards school construction and renovation, passed overwhelmingly in Lambertville and Stockton, but still nearly lost because of opposition in West Amwell. Given the close margin, Republicans on the West Amwell Township Committee petitioned for a recount.
As is common procedure, Hunterdon County Board of Elections and Hunterdon County Clerk formally opposed the petition; more notably, they were joined by Deputy Attorney General Pamela Ullman, whose presence they did not request.
Despite Ullman’s opposition, O’Neill ordered the recount to move forward last Friday, saying that he was “satisfied that there is enough before me to warrant a recount.”