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Updated: New Jersey turnout now at 58% with over 3.5 million ballots returned

By David Wildstein, November 01 2020 6:29 pm

Update: As of 7 PM, 3,509,434 New Jerseyans have voted.  That’s 57.9% of all eligible registered voters, and 88.7% of all votes cast in 2016.  

New Jersey has cast 3,459,392 votes for Tuesday’s general election, a 57.2% voter turnout as of 2 PM on Sunday.

The total number of vote-by-mail ballots already received and recorded by county election officials represents 87.4% of the total votes cast in the 2016 presidential election.

An additional 206,947 ballots have been marked as returned since 5 PM Friday.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy ordered a November 3 election conducted primarily through vote-by-mail ballots.  At least one polling place will be open in each municipality, and any voter may vote in-person using a paper ballot.

This total reflects only mail-in ballots that have been received and recorded by county election officials.  More than 6 million New Jersey voters have received vote-by-mail ballots for the 2020 general election.

Turnout was at 68% in 2016, 67% in 2012, and 73% in 2008.

The state’s top election official, New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way, is recommending that at this point voters use secure ballot drop boxes across the state rather than the U.S. Postal Service, or deliver them to a polling place in the municipality of their residence on Election Day.

Vote-by-Mail ballots postmarked by November 3 will be counted as long as they arrive at the county Board of Elections office by close of business on November 10.

Voters may also vote in-person using paper ballots on Election Day. At least one polling location is available in each municipality. Click here to find where to vote in-person.

 

VBM ballots can be tracked using the state Division of Elections website: https://www.nj.gov/state/elections/vote-track-my-ballot.shtml

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