Hundreds of vote by mail ballots for the Ocean Township non-partisan municipal election have yet to be returned to the Board of Elections, according to a Monmouth County election official. Ballots postmarked on or before May 14 that arrive in Freehold before 8 p.m tonight will be included in the official count under a law signed by Governor Phil Murphy.
Only 34 votes separate incumbent Council Members John Napolitani and Donna Schepiga for the 5th seat on the five person council. The unofficial count as of the close of the polls on Tuesday night has Napolitani with 2234 votes. Schepiga, who receives her health insurance from the Township for her part time position, has 2200 votes. A net pickup of 34 votes for Schepiga and she can avoid ObamaCare.