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Early voting still slow, with just 1% of electorate taking part so far

By David Wildstein, October 28 2021 3:02 pm

New Jerseyans have cast 522,219 votes for next week’s general election after 21,052 early votes were recorded on Wednesday.

That brings the total of in-person votes cast after five days of early voting to 68,711.  Yesterday was the biggest turnout yet, surpassing Saturday by 2,684 voters.

2021 is the first year of early voting in New Jersey.  More than half-way through the nine-day early early voting period, just 1% of the registered voters in the state have participated in what now looks to be a pilot program.

The additional votes bring the total statewide turnout to just under 8%, with 23.75% of all votes cast in the 2017 general election already recorded.

According to the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, which has been analyzing early and mail-in ballot data, 64.5% of all VBM ballots returned are from Democrats.  Republicans make up 19.4% and unaffiliated voters account for 15.8%.

Monmouth County still leads the state in early votes cast in person with 11,584, about 17% of all

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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