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Trenton mayoral candidate Reed Gusciora votes at the city's Joyce Kilmer School on May 8, 2018. (Photo: Reed Gusciora).

Mercer will likely finish counting votes in the middle of this week

Many Trenton local races still in the air after Election Day voting machine glitch

By Joey Fox, November 14 2022 6:07 pm

It’s now been six days since a countywide voting machine glitch threw Mercer County’s elections into chaos, but the county likely won’t finish counting votes until the middle of this week, the New Jersey Globe has learned. 

The plan is for election workers to count Election Day votes tonight, followed by absentee ballots and provisional ballots tomorrow and Wednesday. Tallies are expected to start being updated tonight.

Despite promises by Superintendent of Elections Nathaniel Walker that votes would be counted this past weekend, that does not appear to have been the case.

The machine glitch affected the county’s optical scanners, which count ballots; Mercer voters were instead told to vote using paper ballots and deposit them in secure dropboxes.

Five Mercer County towns are in the competitive 3rd congressional district, but that race has already been called for Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), reducing the urgency of getting updated results.

More important are local elections in Trenton, where Mayor Reed Gusciora holds a substantial lead but most council races remain unsettled. Depending on how the outstanding votes break, some races could go to runoffs, which would be held in December.

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