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.