Updated 4:05 p.m. November 7, 2018: UPDATE: From Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin: “Our website http://www.essexclerk.com/ has now been updated with all voting machine votes and all vote by mails received as of 2pm today. A new state law allows for Vote by Mail Ballots to be received through the mail service up until 48 hours after Election Day as long as Ballot was postmarked by Election Day. There is not an official count of provisional ballots to be counted by the Board of Elections at this time.”
More than 18 hours after polls closed in Maplewood and South Orange, the Essex County Clerk’s Office has posted results for “Districts Reporting: 100%.” The numbers put some more distance between the third and fourth place candidates who were separated by just 36 votes with 97% of districts counted. Now, 127 votes separate the two, with Javier Farfan at 5,660 votes and Narda Chisholm-Greene at 5,537.
However, it is not known how many provisional or mail-in ballots may remain to be counted. Two calls to the Clerk’s Office by Village Green and a message to County Clerk Christopher Durkin had not yet been returned as of publication. According to South Orange Deputy Clerk Shinell Smith, neither mail-in ballots nor provisional ballots have been counted yet. Smith said she could not conjecture as to how many mail-in and provisional ballots there might be, but noted that the turnout was quite high yesterday and many provisional ballots were requested as there were voters who had not received their mail-in ballots. It is probable that a final official tally will not be arrived at until next week.
The top two vote-getters, Annemarie Maini and Shannon Cuttle, have clear margins of victory, with more than 1,000 votes separating them from the third place finisher. The top three finishers win elected office. The 100% district numbers, interestingly, show Cuttle besting Maini by 10 votes.