It’s eight days before Election Day and 373,704 vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned. That means 39.4% of the 946,149 VBM ballots mailed by county clerks have already been returned.
Of the mail-in ballots already marked as received by election officials, 64.7% of the returned VBM ballots come from registered Democrats, and 19.89% from Republicans, according to an analysis conducted by the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.
The Rider analysis shows 241,762 Democrats, 74,396 Republicans, 56,436 unaffiliated voters and 1,110 independents have already voted.
The current return rate for vote-by-mail ballots represents 5.7% of the total number of statewide registered voters, and 17% of all votes cast in the 2017 general election.
New Jersey has 6,561,568 registered voters, but that tally does not include new voter registrations that came in before the October 12 deadline. There were 2,198,362 votes cast four years ago.
New Jersey’s voter registration gives Democrats a 39.3%-22.9% voter registration edge over Republicans. Unaffiliated voters represent 36.5% of the total statewide electorate.
Early voting in New Jersey stared on October 23 and extends through October 31. These numbers do not include early voting tallies.
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.
Nine days of early voting begins on October 23. Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.