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The 2020 general election in New Jersey will be conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots. (Photo: Chris Dorney.)

N.J. voters have already returned 2.8 million ballots

Statewide voter turnout is 46%

By David Wildstein, October 28 2020 11:40 am

New Jerseyans have cast 2,799,994 ballots so far for the November 3 general election, a statewide voter turnout of 46.3% so far.

The current number of vote-by-mail ballots received and recorded by state election officials represents 70.8% of the total ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election in the state.

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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