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Gov. Phil Murphy votes in Long Branch on October 23, 2021, the first day of early voting in New Jersey. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe.)

Early voting remains light after first three days

52,445 votes have been cast using early voting so far

By David Wildstein, October 26 2021 2:11 pm

A total of 52,445 New Jerseyans cast their ballots in-person during the first three days of early voting, according to the New Jersey Division of Elections.

That brings the total number of votes cast so far for the November 2 general election to 443,287, including 18,368 early votes cast on Monday and 390,842 vote-by-mail ballots already marked as received by county election officials.

Less than 1% of all registered voters have used early voting since the program launched on Saturday morning.   The early vote turnout so far is about 2.4% of the total votes cast in 2017; a combined early vote and VBM accounts for 20% of all votes from the last gubernatorial election.

The largest early vote turnouts in the state have come from the two biggest Republican counties, Monmouth and Ocean.   Monmouth has cast 8,827 votes, with about 40% coming from Republicans, 38% from Democrats and 22% from unaffiliated voters.  In Ocean, where 4,640 early votes were cast since Saturday, around 50% were from Republicans, 27% from Democrats and 23% from unaffiliateds.

Hudson has produced 4,360 early votes, followed by Bergen (3,997), Middlesex (3,607), Essex (3,489), Burlington (3,028) and Morris (2,925).

More than half (52%) of early votes cast in Bergen were by registered Democrats, with 28% from Republicans and 19% from unaffiliated voters.  Democrats are outpacing Republicans by a nearly 4-1 margin in Essex and by an 8-1 margin in Hudson, where Union City – home of Mayor Brian P. Stack, the GOTV King, has cast almost as many early votes as Jersey City, where the electorate is about four times the size.

According to an analysis by the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University, Democrats have cast 62.75% of all early votes so far, with 21.12% coming from Republicans and 15.8% from unaffiliated voters.

Early voting continues through October 31.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

This story was updated at 3:19 PM.

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