New Jerseyans have cast 568,734 votes in advance of next week’s general election, a statewide total of 9.4% so far, according to analysis from Ryan Dubicki, a researcher for the Associated Press.
A total of 463,533 vote-by-mail ballots have been returned to county election officials through Wednesday, which is 49% of the 945,861 mail-in ballots sent out by the state’s 21 county clerks. Of the returned ballots, 62% came from registered Democrats and 20% from registered Republicans.
In the first five days of in-person early voting, 105,201 votes were cast; registered Democrats made up 47.5% of the early votes, while 31.4% came from registered Republicans.
Camden County has already banked 59,815 advance votes, including 58,382. Bergen County is second with 47,275.
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), 50,927 vote-by-mail ballots and 13,447 early votes have been cast.
Voters in the 3rd district have cast 48,661 mail-in ballots and 13,184 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 35,277 vote-by-mail ballots have been marked as returned by county election officials and 9,976 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), 43,062 VBM ballots and 11,495 early votes have been cast.