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New Jersey has more than 1 million more Democrats than Republicans. Photo courtesy of Ohio State University.

Less New Jerseyans registering to vote during coronavirus pandemic

Democrats 4,185 voters short of 1 million registration edge over GOP

By David Wildstein, May 06 2020 12:18 pm

The coronavirus pandemic appears to have affected voter registration in New Jersey.

The state added just 8,002 new voters in April, down 72.6% from voter registration in April 2016.

March voter registration was down 25% from the same month four years ago.

The race for New Jersey to have one million more Democrats than Republicans is in the final stretch, with Democrats just 4,185 voters away from hitting that mark.

There are 995,815 more Democrats than Republicans in New Jersey as of May 1, according to data released by the state Division of Elections.  Democrats are 4,185 voters short of the one million edge.

That number could hit one million in July, if unaffiliated voters – sometimes referred to as independents – decide to join a political party to vote in the primary election.

Democratic voter registration outpaced the GOP by a 2-1 margin in April, with the state adding 2,978 Democrats and 1,504 Republicans.

Since Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, New Jersey has added 330,464 new Democrats and 136,097 new Republicans.

New Jerseyans continue to affiliate with political parties with greater frequency.

The state has 111,718 less unaffiliated voters than it did at the time of the 2016 presidential election.   During the same period, New Jersey has 355,050 more voters.

In November 2016, unaffiliated voters went from 43.2% of the state electorate to 38.9%.  Democrats have gone from 35.6% to 38%, and Republicans have gone from 20.8% to 21.8%.

New Jersey has added more Democrats than Republicans in every month since Chris Christie was elected governor in 2013.

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