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More than 1/3 of N.J. voters have returned their mail-in ballots

In NJ-7, women make up 55% of returned VBMs

By David Wildstein, October 24 2022 2:12 pm

Voters in New Jersey have returned 320,936 vote-by-mail ballots, representing 33.7% of the 953,357 ballots mailed out by the state’s 21 county clerks, according to tallies compiled by Ryan Dubicki of the Associated Press.

Election officials statewide reported mailing an additional 2,644 mail-in ballots on Friday.

In New Jersey’s 7th district, 35.8% of all vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned, as well as military ballots and a small number of early walk-in voters.

Of the returned ballots in congressional race between Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) and former Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr, 59% come from Democrats, 26% from Republicans, and 15% from unaffiliated voters.

An analysis by early voting by TargetSmart, a Democratic polling firm, shows that 55% of all returned ballots in NJ-7 are from women, up just marginally from 53% in 2020 and 54% in 2018.   More than three-quarter of all returned ballots came from older voters: 25% from ages 50-64, 26% from ages 65-74, and 26% from voters ages 75 and older.    Young voters – between ages 18 and 29 – account for 8% of the total early voters cast so far.  Voters ages 30 to 39 are 6% of the early vote electorate, while ages 40-49 make up 9%.

In a district that is 71% white, 12% Hispanic, 10% Asian and 6% Black, white voters make up 88% of all early votes cast.  Asian voters have returned 6% of the ballots, and Hispanic voters make up 4%.  Black voters account for less than 2%.

A total of 83% of the 93,577 ballots already cast came from people who also voted in the 2018 mid-term elections.

The 3rd district, which features a contest between Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Republican challenger Bob Healey, Jr, has seen 32.2% of all mail-in ballots returned.  Democrats make up 66% of ballots in-hand, with Republicans at 20% and unaffiliateds at 13%.

A total of 32% of all VBM ballots in the 5th district, where Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) faces off against Republican Frank Pallotta.  Democrats are 59% of that pool, followed by Republicans (26%) and unaffiliateds (15%).

In NJ-11, where Republican Paul DeGroot is challenging Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), 32% of mail-in ballots have been sent back.   That electorate is 66% Democratic, 20.5% Republican and 13.5% unaffiliated.

Camden County continues to lead the state in early votes, with 42% of all ballots returned so far.

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