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Unofficial Results Show Low Voter Turnout in Both Marlboro and Colts Neck

Before absentee ballots and electronic voting are counted, both towns had voting numbers below 10,000.

The distress of Hurricane Sandy may have prevented voters from flocking to the polls in Marlboro and Colts Neck.

With both towns continuing to experience power outages in the aftermath of the storm, voter turnout in a presidential election year was low according to unofficial results.

Results as of Wednesday afternoon do not include all absentee ballots and electronic voting numbers, but both townships had small turnout.

But a low turnout did not result in any surprised for either towns election. Both Marlboro and Colts Neck have historically voted straight Republican.

In Marlboro, the one exception was Democratic incumbent Congressman Frank Pallone. According to unofficial results, Pallone snuck by a margin of less than 100 votes.

In Colts Neck, Republicans seemed to have won by a landslide in all categories. The largest margin was in the County Clerk category, where incumbent Claire French won over Democratic challenger Michael Steinhorn in a 3,834 to 976 victory.

Official results, including absentee ballots and electronic voting counts, may not be in until Friday in Monmouth County.

Tell us in the comments: Did the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy prevent you from heading to the polls?

pattygirl November 07, 2012 at 08:31 PM
If this doesn't include absentee ballots, it doesn't seem fair to report that turnout was low. Many people I know voted by absentee ballot, including myself.
john alba November 09, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Not true, yes in Colts Neck you could put a duck up for election and if it was a republican it would win, but in Marlboro the dems could put up willie sutton and he would win, been that way for many years with some exceptions.
Marlboro Mann December 11, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Special thanks to NJ Transit and the Port Authority for the low turnout. That evening there was massive two hour delays getting out of the city. Of course it would be asking a lot for the politicians to keep the polls open until 9 PM like in New York. That would upset the parasites and unemployed slugs who have all day to vote.

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