While Orange residents digest their city's leadership changes, Irvington voters are awaiting the Essex County Clerk's Office Election's call on a North Ward council race cliffhanger.
County Clerk Christopher Durkin and Deputy Clerk-Elections Division Eva Yanez told "Local Talk" at 10:23 p.m. May 8 that incumbent David Lyons holds a seven point lead on challenger Richard Williams. That lead may stay or change pending how the count of provisional and/or any emergency ballots go in the Newark Hall of Records May 11.
Counting provisional and/or emergency ballots is one reason why all the clerk's office-derived election result figures remain unofficial until May 21. That 14-day period allows for any recounts or other challenges prior to Durkin's certifying the results as officials.
All voting machines in all six towns that held non-partisan elections in Essex County May 8 will be impounded and watched over by the State Police as a standard procedure. Essex County Sheriff's Officers, according to Orange Council President Tency Eason May 2, were to also be deployed for monitoring at all polling stations May 8.