New Jersey voters have already cast 529,611 votes in advance of the November 8 general election, including 444,983 vote-by-mail ballots and 85,628 in-person early votes, with a total statewide voter turnout so far of 9%, according to an analysis by Ryan Dubicki, an Associated Press election researcher.
That means 55% of all ballots mailed by county clerks have already been returned.
On Tuesday, 20,065 more voters availed themselves of New Jersey’s new early voting law.
For the purposes of calculating statewide voter turnout, the New Jersey Globe has deducted the 462,845 inactive voters from the statewide registration total of 6,499,539 votes.
County clerks issued roughly 12,000 more mail-in ballots this year than last year, an increase of about 1.3%.
Statewide, registered Democrats lead registered Republicans by a 65%-20% margin on returned VBM ballots, and by a 48%-20% margin on early voting.
In New Jersey’s 7th district, where former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) is seeking to unseat two-term Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), 49,133 vote-by-mail ballots and 11,011 early votes have been cast.
Voters in the 3rd district have cast 47,197 mail-in ballots and 10,784 early votes for the contest between two-term Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Republican businessman Bob Healey.
In the rematch between three-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Republican Frank Pallotta in NJ-5, a total of 33,931 vote-by-mail ballots have been marked as returned by county election officials and 8,066 early votes have been cast.
In the 11th district, where Republican Paul DeGroot, a former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor, is challenging two-term Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), 40,934 VBM ballots and 8,667 early votes have been cast.