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Toms River School Election Live Updates

A live feed of election day happenings and results

12:54 a.m. update: Check out our stories on the and the

12 a.m.: The budget passes by 473 votes, and the Clean Slate team takes all three board spots. The spread between first and fourth place is 1,274 votes.

11:39 p.m.: With all districts now reporting, the budget passes by 431 votes. Unofficial results make Giovine, Torrone and Pavliv victors.

11:21 p.m.: One district remains outstanding for the school budget and candidate race results.

11:04 p.m.:

With 98.59 percent of the votes in and all but one district reporting, fewer than 500 votes could turn a passing budget into a rejected one.

10:45 p.m.:

With results still being counted, Giovine and Torrone remain in the lead for two of three school board seats. It is still unclear who among the remaining six candidates will capture the third board seat available.

With some districts still outstanding, more than 52 percent of votes counted favor the school budget.

10:10 p.m.:

Lots of applause — and pizza — at Jimmy C's, where the "Clean Slate" of Giovine, Torrone and Pavliv celebrates as Pavliv rolls into fourth place and is 40 votes out of third place.  77 percent of the votes are in.

10:01 p.m.:

With 76 percent of the votes in, the budget question is 53 percent Yes and 47 percent No.

9:40 p.m.:

With 33 percent of the budget question votes in, the budget question is 58 percent Yes and 42 percent No.

9:32 p.m.:

With four districts out of 60 reporting, 2,930 votes are in. In the candidate race, Kenny, Bageac and Giovine each have 16 percent of the vote. Right behind them are Rodgers and Torrone. There's 56 districts yet to report.

9:01 p.m.: The polls have closed, but the real work has not even begun. Toms River Township Clerk Mark Mutter said via email that results start trickling in at 9:30 p.m. and he expects with 60 districts in the township, he'll be busy straight through to midnight.

8:30 p.m.:

We've stopped by the Lamp Post Inn where Team Geoghegan has the big screen computer glued to the county live election results website. The candidate and his team are here socializing with patrons and supporters. Brian Geoghegan has something the other eight candidates don't: the Lamp Post Inn's giant electronic billboard is flashing "Vote for Geoghegan Toms River BOE today."

8:05 p.m.:

The East Dover Baptist Chuch polling place is a steady stream of activity with less than an hour to go until polls close. At the Toms River Elks polling place, on the corner of Clifton Avenue and Washington Street, the parking lot is packed as vehicles circle for a place to park to get in to vote.

7:45 p.m.:

In an hour and 15 minutes, polls close. Polling places will submit results to the Ocean County Board of Elections office, who releases the results and also figures out the percentage of districts who are reporting. The results remain unofficial, until they are certified by the county.

7:20 p.m.:

A quick call to the Toms River township clerk office says no complaints of malfunctioning equipment or switch to paper ballots has occurred for any of the 60 polling districts in town. A total 71 polling districts make up the Toms River Regional Schools' voting today, as Pine Beach, South Toms River and Beachwood will also weigh in on the school budget question.

6:50 p.m.:

If you are hoping all the campaign lawn signs are gone sooner rather than later, each of the candidates at Monday's debate pledged to work hard to remove them. 

Karen Kenny joked her husband and son's friends have it on their Thursday chore list."I have them driving around all day," she said.

Brian Geoghegan said he only grudingly included signs in his campaign strategy, and admitted he hates them. "I know how you feel, I absolutely hate seeing them everywhere. I agreed to only use them in the last week of the campaign, that's it, and look forward to picking them up," he said.

Ben Giovine said campaign supporters are working en masse to remove the signs, not just because they are a post-election eyesore but because campaigns can accrue fines for not removing them, he said.

5:50 p.m.:

What are some of the current board of education members doing election night? It turns out several of the subcommittees of the board are holding their scheduled meetings tonight at 1144 Hooper Ave., the district administration building. Board President Linda Garvey said she'll be at the one of her last school board committee meetings, which is scheduled to end around 9 p.m. Garvey, an 18-year member of the school board, said she decided two years ago this would be her last term.

5:08 p.m.:

How do the candidates plan to spend election night? We asked several of the candidates where they'll be as they await results to come in:

Brian Geoghegan told us he's returning to the restaurant that hosted a candidate event for him previously: the Lamp Post Inn on Route 9, Pine Beach.

Ben Giovine said he and his running mates of Lorreen Torrone and Alex Pavliv will be camped out at Capone's in downtown Toms River to wait out the results.

Mary Ann Bageac said she had yet to decide, and Karen Kenny and Frank Rodgers said they'll be spending time near family and didn't have a public event planned.

4:30 p.m.:

District 28 in Toms River had its polling place changed this year. Previously, voters reported to the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church on Cedar Grove Road and Bay Avenue, but Township Clerk Mark Mutter said there were multiple calls previously with concerns over opening late.

For this election, District 28 voters will report to East Dover Baptist Church, which is on Bay Avenue near Vaughn Avenue. "There's ample parking, and it's a mile up the road from the other church," Mutter said. It's also the polling place for District 33.

Toms River Patch will begin live updates on the Toms River Regional school board election day starting at 4 p.m. April 27.

Check back then for reports from around the district until the last polling place files its results.

George M. Lobman April 27, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Unless the people who pay the taxes are serious about maintaining the 2 % CAP we have no future in trying to control the political nature of home tax rates. It is not a money problem it is a conceptual problem of taking as much out of the system as one can get. The reality is we cannot keep giving more money and getting the same results from the system. I say 2 % is a great control and we should all learn to live within our means and not ruin our childrens future for the sake of more gread in the system.
. April 28, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I will be happy to see the signs taken down quickly no matter who is the winner.
suz April 28, 2011 at 03:10 AM
Wow, being new to the area, I never realized how many people don't care about the bad shape that NJ is in partly due to the crazy overspending of the NJEA for years! How the heck did sooo many people vote for this increase on the budget? Yikes...must be an awful lot of teachers and parents who don't want to lose the (baby sitter) after school programs living here! Shame on you all. Just remember, one day you all will be over 55 and living on a fixed income also.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) April 28, 2011 at 03:20 AM
The budget has passed nearly every year for the last 18; last year it passed by a margin of fewer than 1000 votes, one of the narrowest TRRS has had. We'll see how close it gets after the last district reports its tally. In comparison many other districts' voters reject their school budget.
TRWatch April 28, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Member of the Board of Ed. Toms River (Toms River) Votes Processed - Polling Place/Percent : 60/60 100.00% Vote Count Percent - Karen M. Kenny 3,709 13.71% - Brian J. Geoghegan 2,041 7.55% - Alexander Pavliv 3,840 14.20% - Frank E. Rodgers 3,686 13.63% - Mary Ann Bageac 3,432 12.69% - Loreen Torrone 4,727 17.48% - Stephen J. Galgon 556 2.06% - Ben Giovine 4,983 18.42% Write-In 74 0.27% Total 27,048 100.00% Win one for the good guys, and girl!
Rontr April 28, 2011 at 03:45 AM
great higher taxes, if it was voted down they just reverse it anyway
carol April 28, 2011 at 04:01 AM
Forget the number order - the election found 3-6-8 order the best - thanks to all! Carol
walt tupycia April 28, 2011 at 07:14 PM
does anybody have a breakdown by towns like toms river beachwood and pine beach south toms river i am courious to see how many in actual toms river voted. thanks
. April 28, 2011 at 07:25 PM
According to another article in the Patch, total votes for Toms River were 11,035,
walt tupycia April 28, 2011 at 07:40 PM
hey scp do you have the numbers for and against in toms river ou of the 11035 thanks they used to break down by towns.
. April 28, 2011 at 08:29 PM
5,754 for the budget and 5,281 against according to the article.

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