In the first day of early voting, 26,658 New Jerseyans cast their ballots on Saturday, according to an analysis by Ryan Dubicki, an Associated Press election researcher. That represents about four-tenths of one percent of all registered voters in New Jersey.
That represents a 39% increase over the 19,192 votes cast on the first day of early voting in 2021.
In the closely watched race for U.S. Congress in the 7th district between Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), 3,588 early in-person votes were cast yesterday. The partisan breakdown of the NJ-7 first district was 45% from Democrats, 34% from Republicans, and 20% from unaffiliated voters.
In the 7th, 1,062 early in-person votes came from Union County, 762 from Hunterdon, 735 from Somerset, 442 from Morris, 374 from Warren and 214 from Sussex.
A total of 45.8% of the 92,721 vote-by-mail ballots sent out by the six county clerks in NJ-7 have been returned; 58% came from Democrats, 26% from Republicans, and 16% from unaffiliated voters.
A TargetSmart analysis shows that 55% of votes cast so far in the 7th district came from women, 88% from white voters, and 82% from voters who also voted in the 2018 mid-term elections.
In the 3rd congressional district, where Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) faces Republican Bob Healey, 3,327 early in-person votes were cast on Saturday; 2,494 came in the 5th district rematch between Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Republican Frank Pallotta; and in the contest between Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and GOP challenger Paul DeGroot, 3,028 early in-person votes were cast on October 29.
Monmouth County leads the state in total in-person early votes cast on Day 1 with 4,276, followed by Bergen (2,444), Morris (1,992), Ocean (1,847), Essex (1,760), Union (1,703), Burlington (1,699), Hudson (1,514), and Somerset (1,454).
In Gloucester County, where control of county government is at stake, 848 early votes were cast: 57% from Democrats, 24.5% from Republicans, and 18% from unaffiliateds.
A total of 135 Cumberland County voters cast early in-person votes on Saturday.
These totals do not include VBMs received after Thursday; that number will be updated on Monday.