With 20 days left before Election Day, 28% of all vote-by-mail ballots have been returned, the state Division of Elections has confirmed.
County clerks mailed 899,535 VBM ballots and have recorded 225,619 of them already casting their votes as of Tuesday.
That means about 3.4% of New Jersey’s approximately 6,561,568 registered voters have already voted in the November 2 general election, where the state will elect a governor, all members of the legislature, and scores of county and municipal offices.
The number of registered voters is from October 1 and does not reflect new voter registrations that came in before the October 12 deadline.
This year 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 10.3% of the total votes cast in 2017.