Provisional ballots give Vallario one-vote council lead

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BELMAR — For the third time, the lead in the race for Belmar Borough Council has switched after the tallying of provisional ballots on Monday.

Republican challenger Joshua Vallario pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan, winning the election for a seat on the borough council by one vote, 993 to 992, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

“I’m officially the one-vote wonder in Belmar,” said Mr. Vallario on Monday. “I was up 57 at the polls, I was down by one after the mail-ins and now I’m up by one vote.”

However, Mr. Brennan and the Monmouth County Democrats said they planned to request a recount of the mail-in ballots. The deadline for recount applications is Nov. 22, 15 days after the election, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s website.

“At this point, I owe it to my supporters to follow the process through. We’re going to ask for a recount, because there is a chance that some votes didn’t get counted,” said Mr. Brennan Monday afternoon.

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  • john doe

    it shouldn’t even be close, djais produces most of the mail in ballots. its beside me how they still get away with it.