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The U.S. Postal Service is a critical partner as New Jersey steps up vote-by-mail elections. Photo by Rusty Clark.

Voter turnout now at 7.9%, with 47% of all VBM ballots returned

23.7% of all votes cast four years ago are already in

By David Wildstein, October 29 2021 11:50 am

With four days to go until Election Day, New Jerseyans have already cast 520,234 votes for the November 2 general election – a statewide turnout of 7.9%.

But the total votes cast as of Thursday represents 23.7% of the 2,198,362 votes cast in the 2017 general election,

This total does not include in-person early voting tallies from Thursday.

Election officials report 451,523 vote-by-mail ballots have been received as of Thursday, representing a return rate of 47.2% of the 955,960 ballots that were sent out.

Still, 405,437 mail-in ballots in the hands of voters have not been marked as returned.

Early voting in New Jersey stared on October 23 and extends through October 31.  These numbers do not include early voting tallies.

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 began on October 23.  Click HERE for a list of early voting locations.

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