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We’re holding off on calling many local races

With more ballots expected in the next week, small town races too variable to call

By Nikita Biryukov, July 08 2020 2:41 am

There are several dozen local races in New Jersey where outcomes seem clear.

The New Jersey Globe has made the editorial decision to not report results in small towns, where a vote tallies may shift drastically as additional mail-in ballots come in over the next week.

Election-night vote tallies do not include uncounted mail-in ballots received by Tuesday, late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday, provisional ballots that won’t be counted for at least a week and mail-in ballots that were disqualified but may be cured at a later date.

While the number of uncounted mail-in ballots already received by election officials is known, that’s not the case for the late-arriving VBMs, provisional ballots and disqualified mail-in ballots.

Margins in local races are often narrow, at least compared to races for countywide or federal office. The latter races can have a clear winner even if a complete count hasn’t been conducted.

That’s less true for candidates separated by 50 votes.

Fear not, the New Jersey Globe will report the results of those races when we can do so while holding to our editorial standards.

In the interim, we thank you for understanding that this year’s primaries are a significant departure from the norm.

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