Hudson County Clerk Maldonado assures residents early votes were not double counted


Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado is assuring residents that early votes were not double counted, or not counted at all, on Election Day after a viral tweet caused confusion.

Hudson County Clerk E. Junior Maldonado.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Any information from third parties that have suggested or insinuate that the numbers have been counted twice or not counted at all is categorically false. Our office will continue to conduct itself with the highest level of integrity and transparency,” he said in a statement.

“We encourage everyone to continue to follow our Election Night Reporting page until the results are made official.”

This afternoon, NBC News and MSNBC National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki, also a New Jersey native and numbers whiz when it comes to elections, tweeted that early vote tallies were double counted in Hudson, which gave Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli a slight lead after it was corrected.

About a half hour later, he clarified that the county website reported all of its votes while also providing an early voting breakdown, which led to a misunderstanding.

“The confusion seems to be that the county reported all of its votes (including early) and also provided a separate Early Vote breakout. But it was not clear to media data providers that the numbers from the Early breakout were included in the total vote. That’s what was adjusted.”

The county has since provided a separate link to show the tallies from early voting only.

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