First off, updating the below results, the last of the 36 districts was having trouble getting its votes in from the machine. "The cartridge won't read," our reporter reports. However, Hoboken City Clerk James Farina said that the backup was available, and Dawn Zimmer has ultimately received approximately 260 more votes than Cammarano from the machine. Absentees will be counted Wednesday.
Including only the other 35 districts, Dawn Zimmer leads Peter Cammarano 5,786 to 5,542. More than 700 absentee ballots may be tallied by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
While you sit on the edge of your seat, here is some information about what will happen if Zimmer's council candidates prevail (which seems likely), and other changes...
How this will affect Hoboken government
POSSIBLY GONE FOR GOOD: If Peter Cammarano loses the mayor's race, he also is off the council as of July 1, as his term is up.
STILL WITH US EITHER WAY: If Dawn Zimmer ultimately loses, she will still serve as 4th Ward councilwoman for two more years.
Zimmer's council candidates are well ahead of Cammarano's, meaning they may form a large voting bloc on the nine-member council. The three of them, along with incumbent 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, a Zimmer ally, and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, who generally votes the reformers' way, may be enough to either move Zimmer's agenda forward or block Cammarano's agenda, depending on which of them becomes mayor.
1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo, despite picking Mason over Zimmer in the initial May election that led to the runoff, may also vote with the bloc, as they have often voted with Zimmer and Cunningham in the past.
That leaves 6th Ward Councilman Nino Giacchi. Which way will he go? Who knows?
The new mayor and councilpeople, whoever they are, will be sworn in the week of July 1.
We will continue updating this election as more results come in, but it looks like the final results will not be known until all absentee ballots and provisional ballots are tabulated Wednesday, since the election is so close.
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