New Jerseyans have cast 703,199 votes in advance of tomorrow’s general election, including 207,863 early votes and 495,336 vote-by-mail ballots received so far.
A total of 36, 793 early votes were cast on Sunday, the final day of a 9-day early voting period.
Voters have returned 495,336 mail-in ballots, 51.8% of all ballots sent out by county clerks across the state. There are still 461,042 VBM ballots that are still not marked as returned.
The total turnout so far is 10.7% of New Jersey’s 6,575,904 registered voters, but represents 32% of the 2,198,362 votes that were cast in the 2017 general election.
According to an analysis by the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University, Democrats have outpaced the GOP by a wide margin. Democrats have returned 64% of the vote-by-mail ballots, while Republicans have contributed
While 2020 was an outlier – the coronavirus pandemic forced primary and general elections run almost entirely through vote-by-mail ballots – the number of VBM ballots has skyrocketed since the new law became effective four years ago.
Mail-in ballots can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service – although some election officials strongly recommend against that – and can be deposited in secure ballot drop boxes across the state. Click HERE for a list of drop box locations.