Nearly 34,000 New Jerseyans became the first to vote in-person using the state’s new early voting law, a number that is relatively light for the first two days of the nine-day early voting period.
A total of 19,426 votes were cast on Saturday and 14,651 on Sunday.
Democrats have made a huge push to get New Jerseyans to the polls early. Former President Barack Obama and House Majority Whip James Clyburn joined Gov. Phil Murphy in New Jersey over the weekend to urge voters to take advantage of early voting.
But on Sunday, one day after Obama made his push at a rally in Newark’s South Ward, just 1,043 Essex County voters went to an early voting center to cast their ballots.
The leading early-vote county on Sunday was Monmouth, whose, 2,382 votes eclipsed Democratic strongholds of Essex and Hudson by more than 1,000. The top Republican vote-producing county in the state, Ocean, had more votes than Essex and about the same as Hudson.
The party breakdown of those votes, not yet tabulated, will offer more insight. At least six of the early voters in Monmouth on Saturday where Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy and their four children.
Just 200 early vote ballots were cast in Camden on Sunday. Camden has long led the state in vote-by-mail ballots.
The 33,843 votes cast make up about 1.5% of the total number of votes cast in the 2017 general election, and about one-half of one percent of all registered voters statewide.
Editor’s note: On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office revised their tally on Saturday early voting from 19,192 to 19,426.