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A secure ballot drop box in Englewood, New Jersey. (Photo: Mayor Michael Wildes via Facebook.)

327,628 ballots already cast for N.J. election

Turnout is now 15% of 2017 total

By David Wildstein, October 20 2021 11:33 am

The vote count keeps going up in New Jersey with 327,628 votes already cast for the November 2 general election.

County clerks have mailed out 930,151 vote-by-mail ballots and 35% of them have already been returned.

In 2017, 2,198,362 ballots were cast in the general election, a statewide turnout of 38.5%.   Turnout so far is about 15 % of the total votes cast in 2017.

That brings voter turnout so far to just slightly under 5% turnout so far.

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.

Early voting in New Jersey starts on October 23 and extends through October 31.

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.

Voters can track their own vote-by-mail ballots.  Click HERE to sign in to your Track My Ballot account or click HERE to sign up.

Nine days of early voting begins on October 23.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

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