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Wallington referendum now four votes up after new ballots counted

New tally is 277 yes, 273 no

By David Wildstein, October 07 2022 2:37 pm

A referendum to authorize spending $7.3 million to upgrade public schools in Wallington has now taken a four-vote lead, 277 to 273, after twelve more votes were counted today.

After Thursday’ election, the bond initiative was tied at 269 to 269 when the first tally was taken last night.  Election officials have now added late arriving vote-by-mail ballots and have opened several provisional ballots that were cast at the polls.

But the race is still too close to call, since mail-in ballots postmarked by 8 PM on Thursday may still be counted.  Election officials say the deadline is close of business on Monday, but the New Jersey Globe believes the actual time limit to be on Wednesday under a new statute gives six days.  Election Day was on a Thursday, not on a Tuesday.

The school board proposal includes capital improvements and upgrades at Wallington Junior/Senior High School and Frank W. Gavlak Elementary School.

Acting Commissioner of Education Angelica Allen-McMillan moved the September special school election date from September to October, which means it’s possible that at least one Wallington voter inadvertently placed their referendum ballot in an envelope with the November general election ballot.

It would likely be up to a judge to decide if that vote would be counted and stays the certification of election results.

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