Few Ocean Voters Come Out for Uncontested Races

Only 5.9 percent of county's registered voters went to polls Tuesday, with no contests for county, state seats

With no state or countywide races to propel Democrat and Republicans to the polls, only 5.9 percent of the county’s 365,288 voters took time to nominate candidates for the November general election to fill 12 Legislative seats and one on the freeholder board in Tuesday’s primary election.

There were no contests for party nominations for any of the races to narrow the field for Legislative seats in four districts and a seat on the all-Republican freeholder board.

An off-year election already expected to bring few voters to the polls saw only 13.6 percent of the county’s 103,300 Republicans and 9.95 percent of 74,543 Democrats cast ballots, according to unofficial returns from Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella.

Voters were left with a sprinkling of local contests to generate interest in the election.

In the e, already off to a , Republican incumbent Joseph H. Vicari, a former Dover Township mayor elected to the board in 1980, got 12,041 votes. Michele Rosen, the Democrat, a former member of the Dover Township Committee who now lives in Waretown, received 6,345 votes, according to unofficial results.

Both candidates have been on the attack for weeks, for receiving pensions and salaries at the same time from his freeholder post and job as Berkeley Township Superintendent of Schools, while on Rosen’s personal financial legacy, which includes a dismissed indictment for theft by deception, a bankruptcy, foreclosure and string of bounced checks.

While well-organized Republicans fielded a full slate of candidates Tuesday, no Democrats filed nominating petitions in Tuckerton, Barnegat Light, Bay Head, Eagleswood, for the Lakehurst Council, in Ocean Township, Plumsted, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Tuckerton and Lavallette. Democratic write-in votes were cast in all those contests, so the vacant spots can be filled if those who got those votes accept the nomination.

C June 10, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Just to be clear, I was replying to you Frank with my previous comments. &&& guess what? I'm not on any state payroll so save your comments because they don't apply to me.
Lacey_youth October 06, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Do you have any idea what a socialist is Frank? It actually is a great idea. I am a Liberal Socialist and I like republicans sometimes. I am registered as a independent and will never be forced to vote democrat, but i do most of the time. we are getting all of these tax breaks, its amazing the government is making any money..... oh wait, they aren't. I'm not going to start preaching socialism, and back talk the Republicans, because, frankly, both are wrong most of the time. Taxes need to go up and political parties have to be banned.
Lacey_youth October 06, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Carol, go into the booth and press submit. A vote is cast, but for no one. essentially a vote against everyone on that ballot.
yournjnets October 06, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Frank Lacey s broke ocean county would be broke if they both didnt raise taxes How s the Bush tax cuts working for Jobs Frank? 69 million for 4700 kids Frank hows that working out for the kids or the tax payers Frank feel free to explain to us about corp greed and subsidies Tell us all about capitalism and how it worked out for enron lucent bear stearns lehman brothers banks
yournjnets October 06, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Dan can you explain to us about Enron, Lucent, Bear Stearns, Lehman ,airlines, banks how about golden parachutes do you think that is a cause to raise the price any idea how much bob nardelli of hd got? please wake up piney repukes corp greed is the real terrorist along with republicon sheep


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