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Returned N.J. mail-in ballots now over 300,000

32% of all ballots sent out have been cast

By David Wildstein, October 21 2022 5:23 pm

New Jerseyans have returned 303,008 ballots so far in advance of the November 8 general election, a return rate of 31.9%.  That’s a jump from 30.2% yesterday, with 16,715 new votes recorded as coming back to county election offices, according to tallies compiled by Ryan Dubicki of the Associated Press.

County clerks have sent out a total of 950,713 total ballots across the state, including 3,097 on Thursday.

In New Jersey’s 7th district, where Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) face Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield), the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, 35.8% of all mail-in ballot have been returned.

Of the 33,499 returned ballots, 56% are from Democrats, 17 from Republicans, and 14% from unaffiliated voters.   Registered Democrats accounted for 51% of all ballots requested, while Republicans are 24% of the pool of ballots mailed by county clerks.

3rd district, 38% of VBM ballots sent out by Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth election officials have been returned.  Of that group, 66.5% have come from Democrats, 20% from Republicans, and 13% from unaffiliated voters.

In that district, Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) faces Republican Bob Healey, a businessman and first-time candidate who also lives in Moorestown.

The rate of returned vote-by-mail ballots in the 5th district, where Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) faces a rematch with former investment banker Frank Pallotta, is 31%.  Democrats make up 63% of all returned VBMs, followed by Republicans (21%) and unaffiliateds (15%).

So far, the number of VBM ballots that have come back in the 11th district is at 34%.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) faces former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot in a race where the GOP is seeking to flip back a seat they held for 34 years prior to a Democratic win in 2018.  The returned mail-in ballot pool is 65% Democratic, 20% Republican, and 15% unaffiliated.

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