In the Democratic primary in Edgewater, where Mayor Michael McPartland leads 25-year-old challenger Jin Han Kim by just 13 votes, there were 24 provisional ballots cast yesterday that have not yet been counted.
McPartland leads Kim 339 to 326.
It is not immediately known if any additional vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by yesterday will arrive at the Bergen County Board of Elections before close of business tomorrow.
The existence of two dozen provisional ballots does not mean that there will be 24 additional votes cast, although it could. Election officials will need to validate the eligibility of the voter – something that either candidate might challenge.
Often, provisional ballots closely resemble the machine count.
Hypothetically, Kim would need to follow his 49% showing in the machine count with a 79% win on the provisional ballots.
Additional vote-by-mail ballots could break more decisively, but Kim’s path to victory is a narrow one in race where he would need overcome a 13-vote deficit in race where just 665 total votes were cast.