An additional 19,483 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned since Wednesday, bringing the total votes already cast for the November 2 general election to 245,102.
Election officials reported issuing an additional 5,217 new VBM ballots, with marginally reduces the percentage of ballots returned from 28% to 27%.
A total of 904,752 mail-in ballots have been issued, according to the state Division of Elections. That leaves the total number of ballots still unreturned at 659,650.
So far, voter turnout is at 3.7%.
New Jersey has 6,561,568 registered voters, but that tally does not include new voter registrations that came in before the October 12 deadline.
The upcoming election marks the return of in-person voting. The 2020 election was conducted almost entirely by vote-by-mail ballots as the state sought to limit the exposure of voters to COVID-19.
In 2017, 2,198,362 ballots were cast in the general election, a statewide turnout of 38.5%. Turnout so far is about 11% of the total votes cast in 2017.
Mail-in ballots can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service – although some election officials strongly recommend against that – and can be deposited in secure ballot drop boxes across the state. Click HERE for a list of drop box locations.
Nine days of early voting begins on October 23. Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.