A judge in one New Jersey county ordered that two voting machines should be opened so that voting results can be retrieved, after they were retrieved improperly by a poll worker.
The New Jersey Globe reported that an unknown poll worker in Manalapan County, New Jersey, prematurely removed two USB drives downloading the results from a voting machine, according to Deputy Attorney General George Cohen. One of the drives had incomplete data, while the other had fully downloaded the results, and election officials didn’t know which was which. Due to the confusion, Superior Court Judge David Bauman ordered that the Monmouth County superintendent of elections would be allowed to open the machines.
“The entire process will be bi-partisan,” Cohen told Bauman.
New Jersey law prohibits the opening of voting machines within 15 days after the end of an election, so that results are free from tampering. Only a court order can override that and allow them to be opened.
However, the results from these two machines are unlikely to affect any elections. Incumbent Republicans Mary Ann Musich and Eric Nelson are already listed as having won new three-year terms on the Township Committee, according to centraljersey.com. As of Wednesday, they were listed as receiving 8,986 and 8,740 votes, respectively, compared to Democrat Jamie Herr, who received 5,082 votes, and Lisa Lenn, who received 5,056 votes.
There is one seat open for an unexpired term on the Manalapan-Englishtown Board of Education that will be decided by write-in votes after no candidate filed for the seat. The Board of Elections is currently tallying those results.
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