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Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Montclair turnout low, but outpaces 2016 race

15% turnout so far

By David Wildstein, May 07 2020 12:40 pm

Turnout in Montclair for the May 12 non-partisan mayoral and council elections remains light with six days of voting still remaining in a local election being conducted entirely by mail, but it’s already outpaced the last election four years ago.

VBM ballots were sent out to all 32,550 voters, but just 15% have returned them as of yesterday.

Turnout has already eclipsed the 2016 mayoral race, when 2,036 votes were cast – a turnout of about 6% — in an election where the mayor and five of six councilmembers were unopposed.

Mayor Robert Jackson is not seeking re-election.  Two members of the township council, Sean M. Spiller and Renee Baskerville, are running for mayor and heading slates of council candidates for all six seats.

Ballots must be mailed by 8 PM Tuesday to be counted, although election officials will accept ballots postmarked by the deadline until close of business on Thursday.

Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the election to be held entirely by mail to avoid the spread of COVID-19 through voters voting in person.

In the only contested race of 2016, Spiller defeated Maureen Edelson by a 73%-27% margin.

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