CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE - Three more mail-in ballots cast in West Wildwood's Dec. 7 recall election were opened Monday morning, but the outcome of the election still isn't settled.

Two of the three ballots were in favor of recalling Mayor Herbert Frederick and Commissioner Gerard McNamara, while the third said no to the recall.

The additional votes, however, were not enough to change the results of the election.

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The vote tally has not yet been certified, but unofficially the new votes mean that 177 votes were cast against McNamara's recall, while 176 votes were cast for his recall. So, for now, McNamara keeps his seat on the three-member commission.

Frederick, meanwhile, now has 178 votes against his recall and 173 for it. Those figures are also unofficial.

The Cape May County Board of Elections opened the additional ballots Monday in front of a large West Wildwood contingent following a decision by Superior Court Judge Valerie Armstrong last week that three of five unopened ballots should be processed.

Former Mayor Christopher Fox, a candidate in the Dec. 7 recall, had asked the judge to have the unopened ballots counted.

Voters had to choose whether or not they wanted the recall and the second part of the ballot gave them a group of four candidates - Fox, Frederick, McNamara and Cornelius Maxwell - to choose to fill the two commission seats.

All three of the ballots opened Monday picked Fox and Maxwell.

The votes increase their total votes, but in order to win a place on the commission the recall must first be successful.

The election case is expected to continue on Feb. 8 when Armstrong could hear from two more voters who want their ballots counted and possibly the case of a third ballot belonging to a voter whose right to vote in the recall has been challenged.


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