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483,000 New Jerseyans have already voted in Tuesday’s election

By David Wildstein, October 27 2021 5:04 pm

Election officials reported today that 415,146 voters have cast vote-by-mail ballots for next week’s general election, with 43.5% of all ballots issued now marked as returned.

That’s 25,304 more since yesterday.

With 67,881 New Jerseyans taking part in early voting over the last four days, 483,027 votes have already been cast, representing about 7% of all registered voters and 22% of all votes cast in the 2017 general election.

According to an analysis by the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, Democrats have cast 62% of all early votes so far, with Republicans making up 21%.

A Monmouth University poll released today gives Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy a 63%-26% lead among New Jerseyans who have already voted or intend to vote early, but Ciattarelli had a lead, depending on the turnout scenario, of between 5 to 12 points among Election Day voters.

There are still 539,997 VBM ballots that remain unreturned six days before the November 2 general election.  County clerks mailed an additional 3,361 ballots on Tuesday.

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.  There were 2,198,362 votes cast four years ago.

New Jersey’s voter registration gives Democrats a 39.3%-22.9% voter registration edge over Republicans.  Unaffiliated voters represent 36.5% of the total statewide electorate.

Early voting in New Jersey stared on October 23 and extends through October 31.  These numbers do not include early voting tallies.

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 began on October 23.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

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