A special school referendum in Wallington to approve a $7.3 million bond initiative to upgrade school facilities has ended in a tie, 269 to 269.
If the number holds, a tie will result in a rejection of the ballot measure. Election officials may do a hand count today to recheck the numbers.
There are still a number of undermined factors that could tip the election. Vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 PM last night may still be counted if they arrive at the Bergen County Board of Elections before close of business on Monday. It’s also not clear how many provisional ballots, if any, need to be counted, or if any VBM ballots were rejected for technical reasons can still be cured and included in the final tally.
Mail-in ballot voters approved the Wallington referendum by 12 votes, 70-58.
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.
Ten other school district encompassing seventeen municipalities across nine New Jersey counties approved special school referendums held yesterday.