Neptune City Councilman Richard Pryor, a Republican, is tied with Democratic challenger Michael Skudera now that the provisional ballots have been counted.
In the post-Election Day machine count, Pryor trailed Skudera by one vote.
Barring a change in the tally due to a recount, which neither side has announced, there will be a run-off election between Pryor and Skudera, on a date to be determined, most likely in mid-December.
Republicans are said to be reviewing the Vote-By-Mail applications from the City prior to deciding whether to file for a recount. Operatives of the notorious Asbury Park “A Team” are rumored to have managed the Vote-By-Mail operation for the Democrats.
Following two municipal elections in Asbury Park, sufficient Vote-By-Mail ballots were disqualified during recounts and after litigation to alter the election results.
Legislation was passed and signed into law this year which limited the number of voters a single person could act as a messenger for in delivering Vote-By-Mail ballots. The new legislation was largely a response to “A Team’s” tactics.