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UPDATE: Unofficial Election Results Show Elected BOE Question Down by 13 Votes

An additional 242 "yes" votes and 139 "no" votes have been counted via absentee ballots, as per unofficial results provided by the Middlesex County Clerk's Office.

The voting tally for whether New Brunswick should have an elected board of education has narrowed even further, with an additional 242 absentee ballots pushing the tally of "yes" votes to 3,145, according to unofficial election results.

139 "no" votes were also counted via absentee ballot, bringing the "no" tally up to 3,158, a 13 vote difference.

All results are still unofficial, as mail-in ballots are still to be accepted through Friday afternoon by the Middlesex County Clerk's Office.

The question on the ballot was whether the city should switch from a board of education appointed by Mayor Jim Cahill to one that is elected by voters.

Both the supporters of an elected board and city officials against it came out to campaign their positions.

Aside from the municipal question, incumbent city council members Betsy Garlatti and Glenn Fleming were re-elected to their seats, joined by newcomer John A. Anderson.

neverland November 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Many more young voters, very good!! But, how many of them have children, or have childred who attend school here(New Brunswick), are not transitory, own property or pay taxes here? It is likely that few of those people understand the impact of their vote on municipal questions such as this one.
Mike Manzella November 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I am a younger voter who recently moved into New Brunswick to attend graduate school at Rutgers, but I love it so much I do plan on staying once I'm done with school. I spent a lot of time trying to get educated on this question, but the only information I could find ANYWHERE was support on the No side. The only argument I heard from the Yes side was that it's more democratic and parents will really get to have their influence on who is on the board. But those arguments were not strong enough, and there were too many arguments countering that, the current board is very qualified, no special interests, etc. I really wish the Yes side would have come out in more force, I had no choice but to vote for the status quo.
neverland November 09, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Mike, It's great you love it here and so do I! You seem like a responsible Voter in that you educated yourself about the topic and made an informed desicion. Hats off to you!
NB4ElectedSchoolBoard November 10, 2012 at 04:15 PM
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