Cape May Mayor’s Race

Cape May, NJ – It’s two days since voters went to the polls and Cape May still doesn’t know who it’s next mayor will be.

Blame it on Hurricane Sandy.

Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti says several deadlines were changed, by executive order from the governor’s office, to allow residents displaced by the storm to cast their votes.

One order allowed voters to email a request for an electronic ballot by 5PM election day. Those electronic ballots don’t have to be emailed back until Friday.

Voters who were not near their polling place could cast a provisional vote elsewhere in the state. Those provisional ballots are expected to be counted Friday as well.

The final certification of the election however won’t be in until November 19. That’s the new deadline for absentee ballots. Those mail in ballots must be postmarked  the day before election day, in order to be counted.

In a tight race like the Cape May Mayor’s race, where incumbent Edward Mahaney leads challenger Russell Chew by 666 votes to 647 votes,  those remaining  ballots could decide the race.