The Monmouth County Board of Elections began a recount today of the November 2022 general election in four municipalities after officials discovered errors with the installation of voting machine software from Election Systems and Software (ES&S) caused some votes to be double counted.
Superior Court Judge David Bauman ordered a hand recount of ballots in Ocean Township, Belmar, Fair Haven, and Tinton Falls, a move that change the outcome of a school board race in Ocean Township, where Steve Clayton unseated incumbent Jeff Weinstein by 20 votes and was sworn in last month; unofficial tallies now put Weinstein ahead by just one vote.
Election officials spent all day counting in Ocean Township and are expected to resume and complete that vote tomorrow. Tallies after the first day were not publicly announced.
Attorney General Matt Platkin announced last month that his office was investigating ES&S’ system failures. The company manufactures voting machines for about half of the nation’s electorate.