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Republican Jack Ciattarelli votes in Hillsborough on October 29, 2021. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe).

Nearly 600,000 votes already cast for Tuesday’s general election

27% statewide turnout in 2017 have already voted

By David Wildstein, October 30 2021 2:22 pm

After seven days of early voting in New Jersey – and more than a month since county clerks began mailing vote-by-mail ballots – 590,572 votes have already been cast for the 2021 general election.

That number doesn’t include vote-by-mail ballots returned on Friday.

Statewide turnout is already at 9% of total registered voters, but that number represents 27% of all votes cast in 2017, the last time New Jersey elected a governor.

So far, 139,049 New Jerseyans have taken advantage of the state’s first nine-day early voting period, but both parties are gearing up for an early voting push for Saturday and Sunday.  Early voting closes at 8 PM today and at 6 PM tomorrow.  Voters can still vote in person on Monday by paper ballot at their county election office.

Early voting represents 2% of the total electorate and 6% of all votes cast four years ago.

As of Friday, 451,523 VBM ballots were marked as received – 47% of the total number of mail-in ballots issued by county clerks across the state. The number of returned mail-in ballots already returned is 147% higher than it was in 2017, and 13% higher than 2018.

According to an analysis by the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University, Democrats have outpaced the GOP by a 59.7%-22,5% margin in early votes and VBMs.

While 2020 was an outlier – the coronavirus pandemic forced primary and general elections run almost entirely through vote-by-mail ballots – the number of VBM ballots has skyrocketed since the new law became effective four years ago.

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.

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.

Voters can track their own vote-by-mail ballots.  Click HERE to sign in to your Track My Ballot account or click HERE to sign up.

Nine days of early voting began on October 23.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

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