Update: Manley holds lead after recount in Metuchen Ed Board race

Nov. 23, 2015: Candidate Justin Manley’s lead went up by one vote after a recount in the race for three open seats on the Metuchen Board of Education.

Manley gained one vote, increasing his lead over JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein by seven votes. Manley and a representative of the Middlesex County Board of Elections confirmed the recount results.

It’s not clear when the results will be made official.

The recount was requested by Sabatino-Falkenstein. It was approved by Superior Court Judge Arthur Bergman.

The recount included all machine votes, emergency ballots and irregular ballots, mail-in and provisional ballots, including those that were rejected, according to Bergman’s order authorizing the recount.

The recount started at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Sabatino-Falkenstein trailed candidate Justin Manley by six votes for the third and final open seat on the education board. Incumbent Aileen McGuire and candidate Merrill Lunt already secured their seats based on their vote totals.

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