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VBM returns continue to climb, with 37% of ballots returned

By David Wildstein, October 22 2021 12:25 pm

352,223 New Jerseyans have cast their votes of the November 2 general election, as of Thursday.

That represents a 37% return rate of the 941,026 mail-in ballots issued by county clerks so far.

That means about 5.4% of all voters have already voted.  But the total reflects 16% of all votes cast in the 2017 election.

According to the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics allots at Rider University, Democrats are returning VBM ballots at a rate of 3-1 over Republicans.

Election officials reported mailing an additional 5,860 vote-by-mail ballots on Thursday.

New Jersey has 6,561,568 registered voters, but that tally does not include new voter registrations that came in before the October 12 deadline.

Early voting in New Jersey starts on October 23 and extends through October 31.

Mail-in ballots can be sent through the U.S. Postal Service – although some election officials strongly recommend against that – and can be deposited in secure ballot drop boxes across the state.  Click HERE for a list of drop box locations.

Voters can track their own vote-by-mail ballots.  Click HERE to sign in to your Track My Ballot account or click HERE to sign up.

Nine days of early voting begins on October 23.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

 

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