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30% of VBM ballots have already been returned

In NJ-7, 30,241 votes have already been cast

By David Wildstein, October 20 2022 3:09 pm

With 20 days until Election Day, New Jersey votes have returned 286,293 vote-by-mail ballots for the general election, 30.2% of the 947,616 ballots already mailed by the state’s 21 county clerks, according to tallies compiled by Ryan Dubicki of the Associated Press.

The number of returned ballots statewide increased from 28.6% yesterday.

In New Jersey’s 7th district, the most competitive of the state’s twelve House contests, 34.2% of mailed ballots have been returned, up from 32.6% on Wednesday in the race between Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and former Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield).

Of the 31,824 returned ballots, 59% are from Democrats, 25.7% from Republicans, and 15% from unaffiliated voters.   Registered Democrats accounted for 50.8% of all ballots requested, while Republicans are 25.7% of the pool of ballots mailed by county clerks.

In New Jersey’s 3rd district, 34.9% of VBM ballots sent out by Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth election officials have been returned.  Of that group, 70/1% have come from Demcorats, 21.5% from Republicans, and 12.3% 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 at 30.6%, just marginally above the statewide average.  Democrats make up 63.4% of all returned VBMs, followed by Republicans (21.1%) and unaffiliateds (15.3%).

So far, the number of VBM ballots that have come back in the 11th district is at 26%, four percentage points behind the statewide average.

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, 19.8% Republican, and 15% unaffiliated.

Statewide, 65.7% of all VBMs recorded as returned have come from Democrats, 20.8% from Republicans, and 13.2% from unaffiliated voters.

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