Belmar recount Nov. 29

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BELMAR — The date for the recount in the race for a seat on the Belmar Borough Council has been set: Nov. 29.

According to the Monmouth County Board of Elections, a recheck of the voting machines and a recount of the mail-in ballots will be held at 9 a.m. that Wednesday at the board of elections office, 300 Halls Mill Road, in Freehold.

The request for a recount came from Democratic incumbent Thomas Brennan, who is down by one vote to Republican challenger Joshua Vallario, 993 to 992, according to the official results posted by the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

Mr. Vallario pulled ahead of Mr. Brennan after the tallying of provisional ballots on Monday, Nov. 13. According to official results posted on the county clerk’s website, a total of 14 provisional ballots were counted, with eight going to Mr. Vallario and six going to Mr. Brennan.

As the polls closed on Tuesday, Nov. 7, it appeared Mr. Vallario had defeated Mr. Brennan, 895 to 838.

However, after 238 mail-in votes were tallied late that night, Mr. Brennan inched by Mr. Vallario, 986 to 985, according to the county’s official results. Mr. Brennan received 148 of the mail-in votes, while Mr. Vallario received 90.

There were 1,986 ballots cast, including mail-ins and provisional ballots.

In district one, Mr. Brennan received 122 votes to Mr. Vallario’s 103; in district two, Mr. Brennan received 193 and Mr. Vallario received 179; in district three, Mr. Vallario was the winner with 199 votes to Mr. Brennan’s 177; district four saw the highest turnout, with Mr. Brennan receiving 228 votes and Mr. Vallario receiving 223; district five saw Mr. Vallario receive the most votes with 191 to Mr. Brennan’s 118.

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