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Bellmawr Waits for Winner to be Declared in Mayoral Race

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Update: November 20, 2018 – The results of the 2018 General Election are official as of November 19, 2018 at 1:27 p.m.

All of the votes have been counted and Bellmawr’s Mayor Elect is Democrat, Charles “Chuck” Sauter, III.

The final vote count was Sauter with 2137 votes. and independent candidate Bill Groff with 1905.  Click here to be redirected to the updated article.

Update: November 17, 2018 – Election still remains “unofficial.” I looked to see when the results of the 2017 Camden County Official Election were marked official and those are dated November 16, 2017.

The results of the 2016 Camden County Official Election are dated November 22, 2016.  Hopefully, we will have official results very soon.

Update: November 13, 2018: I called the Camden County Board of Elections (11/13/2018) and the provisional ballots are still being counted. 

The Report of Each Contest by District  was last updated on November 18, 2018 at 11:02 a.m. (Bellmawr begins on page 88.)

Initial election returns showed that Groff’s vote count was 1,590 (50.56%) and Sauter’s vote count was 1,546 (49.16%). A difference of 44 votes!

Screenshot: Camden County

On November 7, 2018, SJO spoke with a representative from the Camden County Board of Elections and asked about the mail-in votes, the provisional votes, and the votes that were registered at the Early Voting Center. We were told that nothing official is expected until Thursday and there is a two-day grace period as well.

On November 7, 2018, Bill Groff posted on the Bill Groff for Mayor 2018 Facebook page saying in part: “I understand that everyone is excited for information concerning the final results. The data we have shows that we won with all seven districts reporting. There has been data presented from my opponent that includes VBM ballots, data that we still have not been provided. We have been in contact with the CC Board of Elections and have been told that there still remains a large number of VBM [vote by mail] ballots to be counted along with provisional votes.”

Screenshot: Facebook

On the Chuck Sauter for Mayor, Steve Hagerty and Craig Wilhelm for Council Facebook page, a November 7, 2018 post stated in part: “Thank you all for your support and patience. While Mail-In and Provisional Ballots are still being counted, our campaign is confident that Chuck Sauter will be our next Mayor. Mail-In Ballots must be received by the County Board of Election before close of polls on Election Day or postmarked by Election Day and received within 48 hours.”

Screenshot: Facebook

 

As for the Bellmawr Council race, Steve Hagerty and Craig Wilhelm prevailed and took the two open seats. As for the Board of Education, Mike “Juice” Williams and Jody Mangus claimed the two open seats.

 

To view the report of each Municipality by District, click here.

To view the District Write-In report, click here.

*This post has been and will be continue to be updated to include the most up-to-date information from Camden County Elections.

Editor’s note: SJO was down for most of the day on November 8, 2018 and the original article I wrote was not able to be recovered while the website was restored. I’ve re-written this post from memory as closely as I could to the original post while updating the status of the 2018 Bellmawr Mayoral Race.

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