Roughly 1,400 residents cast their vote at the Lakewood Municipal Building today – a stunningly high number that is sending shockwaves throughout the state’s political infrastructure.
Incredibly, 23% of the voters who cast early ballots in Lakewood before Sunday were first-time voters. Approximately 8,300 people from Lakewood have already voted – leaving around 30,000 that the Schnall seeks to turn out to the polls on Election Day.
The massive turnout – which comes on top of several thousands in-person early votes that had early been cast since early voting began this past Sunday – comes following the unanimous call of the gedolim, rabbanim, and roshei yeshiva of Lakewood for residents to vote for Avi Schnall for Assembly.
Lines at the municipal building on Sunday afternoon snaked into and past the parking lot, with voters waiting patiently for their turn to heed the call of the gedolim. The turnout was so massive that the Ocean County Board of Elections sent additional voting machines to Lakewood to accommodate the crowds.
The turnout has turned heads in Ocean County and beyond, with Asbury Park Press reporter Erik Larsen stating that officials now consider the race between Avi Schnall and Ned Thomson to be a dead-heat, with the momentum heavily in favor of Schnall.
“We are extremely humbled that so many voters are coming out to support Avi as per the call of the gedolim,” the Schnall campaign told Lakewood Alerts.
“However,” it stressed, “we must keep the momentum going. With early voting now over, we will need a very strong turnout on Tuesday, Election Day, to ensure that Avi is victorious in bringing the voice of the kehilla to Trenton.”