School board election outcome remains undetermined


BAY HEAD — Results for the Bay Head Board of Education election will take a few more weeks to confirm, according to county officials.

The seat currently held by board president Benjamin Hinds was up for election Nov. 3. Mr. Hinds did not seek re-election to another three-year term, and no other candidates filed by deadline to have their name on the ballot.

Local resident Esther Koai, however, asked her fellow community members to support her bid as a write-in candidate for the Bay Head Board of Education. According to unofficial results updated on the Ocean County Clerk’s website, as of Monday there were a total of 92 write-in votes cast. However no confirmation can yet be given as to whether Ms. Koai was successful in her bid to secure her first term on the dais, as other potential names could have been written.


“Obviously the volume of this election is historic. They never received this many paper ballots, and under the New Jersey law for this election they have until Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. to look at any vote-by-mail ballot envelope, and if it was postmarked as of yesterday they are required to count it,” Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella told The Ocean Star on Wednesday, adding that provisional ballots will begin to be counted beginning next week.

“The bottom line is the election results will be canvassed by the Commissioners of the Board of Elections around Friday, Nov. 20 and then we will certify them, make them official around Monday, Nov. 23.”

“It is probably going to go until at least the week of the 16th of November before they determine if there was any individual that was deemed to be a write-in winner for the school board race. The write-in winner, if there is one, will be officially notified by our office they received enough votes and go from there,” Mr. Colabella added.

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