The outcome of the Gloucester County freeholder race was unchanged by a recount that required checking all paper ballots and voting machines, officials announced Thursday.
"We still won," said Larry Wallace, a Republican.
Wallace and running mate Vince Nestore Jr. were the first Republicans elected to the seven-member freeholder board in 15 years.
Wallace was the top vote-getter, while Nestore beat Democrats Heather Simmons and Robert Zimmerman for the second spot.
The three-day recount, which ended Thursday, produced only a slight change in the final tally, and the discrepancy was blamed on voter error.
Stephanie Salvatore, superintendent of elections, said several voters who submitted mail-in ballots had disregarded instructions to use blue or black ink and instead used red ink, which scanners rejected. Others, she said, put a check mark next to the candidates' names instead of filling in empty circles on the ballot.