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Light vote on Day 1 of early voting in New Jersey

By David Wildstein, October 24 2021 5:07 pm

A total of 19,192 voters cast their ballots in person on Saturday, the first day of early voting for New Jersey’s upcoming November 2 general election.

More than 80% of those ballots came from voters affiliated with a major political party.

An analysis of those ballots conducted by the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University showed that 48.7% of those votes were cast by Democrats, 32.4% by Republicans, and 18.4% from unaffiliated voters, sometimes called independents.

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.

The first-day numbers are de minimums as it relates to the total vote, with less than three-tenths of one percent of voters casting early in-person votes.  The total is eight-tenths of one percent of all votes cast in the 2017 gubernatorial election.

The state Division of Elections has not yet released vote-by-mail tallies since Friday, when 353,223 voters had already returned their mail-in ballots.

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