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New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way demonstrates new machines for early voting at a meeting of county election officials on August 5, 2021. (Photo: NJ Secretary of State).

Early voting turnout still sluggish after four days

Monmouth, Ocean lead the state in early in-person voting

By David Wildstein, October 27 2021 11:37 am

Only 67,881 New Jerseyans cast their ballots in person during the first four days of New Jersey’s new early voting period, with 15,436 voters statewide casting early in-person votes on Tuesday.

That’s just 1% of the total number of registered voters, but the number represents 3% of all votes cast in the 2017 general election.

For the fourth day in a row, two premier Republican counties – Monmouth and Ocean – have led the state in early voting.  On Tuesday, 2,757 early votes were cast in Monmouth and 1,906 in Ocean.   Democratic strongholds like Hudson and Essex cast just 858 and 835 votes, respectively.

In total, Monmouth has cast 11,584 machine votes using early voting, with Ocean at 6,546.  Hudson early votes are at 4,5,218, followed by Bergen (4,816), Middlesex (4,567), Essex (4,425), Burlington (2,947), Morris (3,686), Somerset (3,123), Union (3,033), Passaic (2,895), Mercer (2,729), Gloucester (2,413), Atlantic (2,223), Hunterdon (1,545), Cape May (1,244), Sussex (955), Camden (949), Warren (891), Cumberland (722) and Salem (371).

According to a new Monmouth University poll released on Wednesday, just 9% of New Jersey voters say they will use the new early voting option.

The poll gives 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.

Early voting locations will remain open through October 31.

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