Election Day 2021: 56 districts in Essex County did not count votes on Election Night. Here’s why.
Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin says he has a lot of work ahead of
him after the votes from 56 districts were not counted Tuesday night in the county.
“It’s a mix but they are mostly in Newark, in East Orange,
Irvington, Maplewood, Montclair, the majority of those 56 districts,” says
Durkin says you can call it poll worker error. There will be an
investigation as to why it happened. He asks New Jersey residents not to jump
to conclusions as to why the 56 voting machines were shut down last night
without being counted first.
“Those machines are at the polling places right now,” says Durkin.
“Those machines have to be brought back to the warehouse. A judge will
issue an order for us to open those machines, retrieve the results and post
But it doesn’t look like that will happen on Wednesday.
“We need to compile a list of the results that
are missing then need to schedule a hearing in front of a judge and then the
judge issued the order and then we're able to go and retrieve those results," says Durkin.
Durkin says issues like this happen in every election in every
county. The fact that it’s 56 voting machines in such a close race has
obviously magnified this situation.
Meanwhile, five districts in Paterson are in a similar situation
with their voting machines, according to Mayor Andre Seigh.