Absentees in Atlantic

The ’06 race for Atlantic County Freeholder was not the first time a countywide candidate won the machine vote, but lost after a record number of absentee ballots were cast. In 1968, Democrat William “Lefty” Dunbar thought he had been elected Atlantic County Sheriff, but after about 4,000 absentee ballots were counted, the seat went to the Republican incumbent, Gerald Gormley. That was Gormley’s last term; he retired in 1971. Sheriff Gormley is the father of William Gormley, who became at Atlantic County Freeholder in 1975, an Assemblyman in 1977, and has served in the State Senate since 1982.

Absentees in Atlantic