New Jersey voter are approaching the 700,000 mark in advance votes cast for the November 8 general election.
Election officials have reported 684,072 votes cast as of Saturday, including an additional 28,103 in-person early votes yesterday, an analysis by Ryan Dubicki, an elections researcher for the Associated Press. That bring the total turnout for Tuesday’s election so far to 11.3% statewide.
Of the more than 972,000 vote-by-mail ballots sent out by county clerks since September 24, a total of 505,397 have been recorded as returned – roughly 52%.
The number of advance votes is up 9.9% from the same point one year ago.
The VBM vote is made up of 64% registered Democrats and 20% registered Republicans, although the margin is closer in parts of the state where there are competitive races for the U.S. House of Representatives.
After eight days of early voting that began on October 29, a total of 178,675 New Jersey voters chose to cast their ballot in-person at one of the states’ early voting centers. Of those votes, 47.5% came from registered Democrat and 22.2% from registered Republicans.
New Jersey has surpassed the 2021 vote-by-mail total by 42% over the same period of time.
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), 56,781 vote-by-mail ballots and 23,475 early votes have been cast.
Voters in the 3rd district have cast 52,218 mail-in ballots and 21,768 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 38,732 vote-by-mail ballots have been marked as returned by county election officials and 16,845 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), 46,818 VBM ballots and 20,245 early votes have been cast.
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.