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N.J. has already cast more that 2.6 million ballots for 2020 election

Turnout is at 44% statewide, two-thirds of total votes cast four years ago

By David Wildstein, October 27 2020 11:49 am

Voter turnout is at 44% statewide after 2,639,465 New Jerseyans have sent in their vote-by-mail ballots as of this morning.

With seven days before Election Day, the current tally reflects 66.7% of the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential election in New Jersey and 71.7% of all votes cast in 2012.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a November 3 election conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots.  At least one polling place will be open in each municipality, and any voter may vote in-person using a paper ballot.

This total reflects only mail-in ballots that have been received and recorded by county election officials.  More than 6 million New Jersey voters have received vote-by-mail ballots for the 2020 general election.

Turnout was at 68% in 2016, 67% in 2012, and 73% in 2008.

The state’s top election official, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, is recommending that at this point voters use secure ballot drop boxes across the state rather than the U.S. Postal Service, or deliver them to a polling place in the municipality of their residence on Election Day.

Vote-by-Mail ballots postmarked by November 3 will be counted as long as they arrive at the county Board of Elections office by close of business on November 10.

Voters may also vote in-person using paper ballots on Election Day. At least one polling location is available in each municipality. Click here to find where to vote in-person.

VBM ballots can be tracked using the state Division of Elections website: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml

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