New Jersey saw a significant increase in the number of first-time voters in 2020 compared to 2016, according to an analysis by TargetSmart.
569,203 New Jersey voters cast ballots for the first time in the 2020 general election, up from 460,362 in 2016; another 151,852 voted for the first time in 2018. First-time voters made up 12.2% of the 2020 electorate, larger than the 11.4% share in 2016.
On a national level, the trends are reversed, with fewer first-time voters in 2020 than in 2016. 16,911,179 voters nationwide cast their first ballots in 2020, versus 19,779,807 in 2016.
In New Jersey, 140,264 (24.6%) of the first-time 2020 voters were registered Democrats, 93,427 (16.4%) were Republicans, and 322,855 (56.7%) were unaffiliated. Unsurprisingly, nearly half of the new voters were between the ages of 18 and 29, many of whom likely were too young to vote in previous elections.