New Jersey is on the verge of having one million more registered Democrats than Republicans, according to new voter registration numbers released by the state Division of Elections that put the Democratic edge at 994,341.
Democrats increased their ranks by 9,227 voters in March, nearly two-and-a-half times the number of new Republicans (3,929). The number of unaffiliated voters – sometimes known as independents – increased by 5,288.
The state added 19,815 new voters last month.
There is some indication that the deadly coronavirus pandemic affected voter registration in March.
In March 2016, New Jersey added 26,584 new voters in advance of the June primary election. Democrats added 8,487 voters and the GOP voter ranks increased by 8,273.
The New Jersey primary election is scheduled for June 2, although Gov. Phil Murphy said last week that he expects the date to be postponed.
It’s not immediately clear if the primary will be in-person or entirely vote-by-mail. If Murphy reschedule the primary election date, he still has a few more weeks to make that decision.
An all-VBM primary would likely decimate the ranks of New Jersey’s unaffiliated voters if ballots are mailed to all 2.4 million unaffiliated voters.
In the first five months of 2016, Democratic voter registration rose by 106,021. The state added 50,535 Republicans over the same period, while unaffiliated registration fell by 139,858.
In November 2013, when Republicans last won a statewide election, Democrats’ registration lead was a comparatively meager — but still massive — 732,706.
Gov. Chris Christie won that race by 468,954 votes.