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Absentee Ballot Percentages Countywide

Data obtained from the county website.

This year Spring Lake had the highest percentage in the county.  (Last year it was Belmar.  I think the change to the messenger ballot law kept us from being number one again.)

Let’s drill down a little into Spring Lake’s numbers and see if there is any significant difference between the results at the polls and the mail in results.

Mayor Jennifer Naughton ran unopposed this year so there is nothing to be seen there.  We’ll look at the council race where there were two Democrats and two Republicans competing for two open seats.

The total amounts of votes cast at the polls was 1912.  The total mail in was 380

Democrat Janice Venables received 614 votes at the polls for 32.1% of the poll vote.  Mail ins were 111 for 29.2% of that vote.

Democrat Robert Drasheff received 536 votes at the polls for 28.0% of the poll vote.  Mail ins were 92 for 24.2%.

Republican John Fudge received 384 poll votes for 20.1%. Mail ins 82 for 21.6%.

Republican Edwin Hale received 378 poll votes for 19.8% .  Mail ins 94 for 24.7%.

Hale seemed to do very well with the mail ins.  Maybe we need to take a closer look at that guy.

Anyway let’s move on to Belmar, beginning with the council race.  There were three candidates vying for one seat.

1433 votes were cast at the polls.  There were 258 mail ins.

 Democrat Jennifer Nicolay received 685 poll votes for 47.8%.  Mail ins were 160 for 62%.

Republican Tom Burke got 461 poll votes for 32.2%.  Mail ins 51 for 19.8%.  Wow. Big difference.  Tom should be mad.

The guy that should have won, independent David Schneck, won 285 poll votes for 19.9%.  Mail ins were 46 for 17.8%.

And now the bond referendum.

It had 1443 votes at the polls and 248 mail ins.

“Yes” got 691 votes at the polls for 47.9%.  Mail ins were 163 for 65.7%.

“No” got 752 votes at the polls for 52.1%.  Mail ins 85 for 34.3%.



  1. OLD MAN wrote:

    Is it true that aspirins are cheaper in India?

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:39 am | Permalink
  2. Katrina wrote:

    Dave thanks so much for your continued efforts to bring accurate info to the public. The sad fact here in Belmar is that we are a town divided. The pavilion bond question with a 17 count difference should at least make people realize that there is not ” overwhelming support” for our mayor and council nor are the rest of us some ” small element of obstructionist terrorists” Thank you again for your public service.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    I don’t even think there’s majority support for our mayor and council. Or the bond.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  4. linlee wrote:

    Need to be educated. Are complete lists of absentee voters provided to all candidates? Are these lists released to anyone other than the candidates? How far in advance of an election are these lists available?

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    Anybody can ask Freehold to run a report at any time. Nothing is automatically sent to anyone though.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:11 am | Permalink
  6. A Voter 2 wrote:

    Are all the options checked or just the yes no question and just Nicolay and others not voted on if that’s the case it seems to me steering the respondent was the case. Someone mentioned most of the 710 residents don’t even know their is a missing Pavilion. This is shameful.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  7. admin wrote:

    I’ll look into it.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  8. linlee wrote:

    Another follow-up question. In a past life I arranged for the Board of Elections to take write-in votes from nursing home residents for all primary and general elections in our community for 14 years. The BOE staff were not allowed to express anything to residents regarding candidates or issues being voted upon, only provide support to voters, i.e., read ballots to visually impaired, etc. What safe guards, if any, protect voters from undue influence or falsification of ballots?

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    I guess that would be a good question for Christine Hanlon. (I wonder if she’s a reader.)

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:00 am | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    What should happen is the individuals that helped the voters and messengers be subpoenaed to tell the Judge what they were told to do and how to do it and who told them to to do it and give them immunity from prosecution.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  11. admin wrote:

    We don’t know that anything illegal happened but even if it did the county would do nothing about it.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:13 am | Permalink
  12. Just Passing Through wrote:

    Old man I would never buy aspirin in India or China let me know if you any.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  13. admin wrote:

    #6 To answer your question it looks like there were about 30 write in people who voted only in the Belmar elections. Very odd.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:04 am | Permalink
  14. Just Passing Through wrote:

    Old man my RA is acting up I meant to say let me know if you need any.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:13 am | Permalink
  15. DJais Drunkard wrote:

    Old Man, we celebrating at D’Jais gonna need some aspirin myself know ‘mean. LOLOLOL. This “NO”, “YES”, Maybe baby, can’t stop won’t stop – I’m riding out of town still beat em down word to the mutha. See you at the happy hou council meeting ………. NOT@!!!

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink
  16. Tay stoned gold wrote:

    Party and peace man. Nobody’s up to nuttin’ honey.

    We love everybody, everything’s gonna be alright.

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  17. Love the Beach wrote:

    #16, do you know something we don’t know or are u just being sarcastic? Don’t want to be stoned or a drunkard like #15, just want some adult conversation to a serious topic. Was (maybe still in heart a love child) but with all that is going on, my love has soured. Ain’t Nuttin’ honey to be joking about Baybee….. Any way you look at it, when you wake up after your stupper, the sun may be shinning but you will need more than two aspirins from the Old Man, cause you won’t have enough money for the buzz….. GONNA BE ALRIGHT

    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:30 pm | Permalink
  18. Tulip wrote:

    We have been renamed after the election. We are now “the nobodies”
    Courtesy Mr.Reed. On my face book as we speak or Tom Burkes. I hope they are still there. I did tell him that no money now is a slight increase and I will enjoy them paying with us.

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 3:38 am | Permalink
  19. Tulip wrote:

    How would you go about fighting to rid the 30 voters? How as a simple person go about doing it?

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 3:49 am | Permalink
  20. admin wrote:

    Actually Tulip, at the polls there were about 150 people who only voted on the Belmar stuff. I find it kind of odd that people vote in a council race but don’t care who, say, their assemblyman is. It’s certainly their right though and it’s no reason to invalidate their votes.

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 5:04 am | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Dont you know there wasn’t enough time to complete anything on those VBM ballots but the Belmar votes.

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  22. Belmar Independent wrote:

    By my calculation over 100 Belmar voters, who voted NO last year did not vote at all in this election. Why getting out the vote is important.

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:15 am | Permalink
  23. Love the Beach wrote:

    My opinion it doesn’t matter which way it went. The ballot question was tainted by the Grummer decision regarding percentage of grant funding to be used just days before the election and should be thrown out. The way the ordinance is written the debt is not off set by any grant funding. Residents were only given verbal/written assumptions by governing body. Then town meetings are rescheduled/cancelled. Definitely makes one wonder what the heck is going on. Ugh

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  24. Belmar Independent wrote:

    ADMIN.#20 A writer for NJ .Com last year referred to Belmar as the “twilight zone” of local elections.
    Not a compliment , but so true.

    Friday, November 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  25. Curtis Marina wrote:

    Go ahead people of Belmar , you can thank Belmar legend for the past election . Hey Red stops Russ or P Young and t F ay other’s tat your sorry your taxes went mom lol ves in OG all good

    Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1:58 am | Permalink

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