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Governor Phil Murphy casts his vote at the Arts and Cultural Center in Long Branch on Saturday, October 23, 2021. (Photo: John Jones, NJ Advance Media).

12% of New Jersey voters turned out in 2022 primary election

Number could be closer to 19% when unaffiliateds, independents removed from tally

By David Wildstein, August 12 2022 1:20 pm

The official voter turnout in the 2022 primary election was at 12% with 766,012 ballots cast, according to final tallies received by the state Division of Elections.

But the real number is probably around 19%, when roughly 2.5 million unaffiliated voters and more than 80,000 New Jerseyans registered to one of seven minor political parties are removed from the equation.

In the primary, 433,733 Democrats and 332,279 Republicans cast ballots for the June 8 election.   That represents turnout of approximately 17% among Democrats and 22% among Republicans.  (Those numbers are not precise, since some unaffiliated voters joined one of the two parties by casting their votes in the primary.)

Republican turnout was boosted by competitive congressional primaries in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 11th districts, while Democrats had mildly competitive primaries in the 8th and 10th.

Turnout matched the 12% in the 2021 gubernatorial and legislative primaries.

The top turnout counties where Monmouth and Hunterdon with 21% and 20%, respectively.  The lowest turnout came in Passaic County, where just 8% of voters showed up.

The 12% statewide turnout in 2022 was just slightly less than the last mid-term election four years when 13% of voters cast ballots.  A U.S. Senate seat was up that year, but just three hotly contested congressional primaries.  Since 2018, New Jersey has expanded vote-by-mail and established early voting.

Turnout was at 8% in 2014 and 9% in 2010.

A total of 6,314 ballots were rejected by election officials in June.

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