Following a last-minute upset this morning when provisional ballots were not delivered to polling places in time to accommodate voters who appeared in person after registering to vote by mail, opinion is mixed among Democrats as to whether the mistake will alter candidates’ chances in the second district.
Sources said that some voters who were unable to cast a vote in the early morning were able to return to polling places later in the day and cast provisional votes once the ballots arrived.
“We’re happy to hear that some people were able to do that, but on the other hand there were probably some people that couldn’t do that,” said Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) “Two years ago, the outcome of the Assembly race was decided by 51 votes. Normally you have more than that number of provisional votes in an election.”
Where Atlantic County Democratic chair Jim Schroeder said he feared the error would lead to a repeat of 2013, when those 51 votes garnered Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) his seat, Democratic operative Derek Roseman said that he was satisfied with local election officials’ handling of the incident.
“The judge ordered that they be distributed, and also that anyone who may have been denied be kept as an official record. So at the end of the day, it’s about making sure that everyone who wants to cast a ballot can cast a ballot. And that’s going to happen, so we’re very pleased with that outcome.”