Incumbent Alex Roman has taken a two-vote lead, 843 to 841, over challenger John Quattrocchi in the race for Verona Township Council.
Provisional ballots counted today by the Essex County Board of Elections added 9 additional votes for Quattrocchi and 5 for Roman. Additional vote-by-mail ballots added seven for Roman and four for Quattrocchi.
Roman had led by three votes, 831 to 828, after Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal election.
The race is now expected to go to a recount.
The results could also impact the selection of a mayor.
Christine McGrath easily defeated incumbent Michael Nochimson.
McGrath gained 12 more votes after the provisional votes were counted, raising her total to 1,326. Nochimson added 8 votes and brought his total to 825.
A fifth candidate, John Fio Rito, received 11 provisional votes, increasing his total vote to 685.
Quattrocchi has served on the school board for fifteen years.