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Most voters in competitive districts have already returned ballots

By Nikita Biryukov, November 03 2020 11:30 am

With in-person voting underway, most voters in districts hosting competitive counties have already returned their mail-in ballots.

The second congressional district, where Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) faces a challenge from former teacher Amy Kennedy, has seen more than half of voters return ballots in the four counties that fall completely within its lines.

In Atlantic County, election officials had received 116,564 ballots as of 10 a.m., a turnout of about 63%.

Turnout rates in Cape May County were slightly higher at about 68%, though only 49,797 ballots have been received there.

Voters in Salem County have returned ballots at a rate similar to those in Atlantic County. Election officials there have received 27,955 ballots, or about 63% of all those issued.

Cumberland trailed the pack in turnout with just 53% of mail-in ballots returned. That’s 47,045 votes.

It’s difficult to measure turnout in this way for the third congressional district, where first-term Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) faces a challenge from former Hill International CEO David Richter.

Burlington, which accounts for a little more than half of the district’s registered voters, has seen 212,302 ballots reach elected officials, a turnout of about 64%.

The numbers are higher in Ocean — 303,155 received ballots means the county has a turnout rate of about 71% — but much of Ocean County falls within the fourth congressional district, where Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) faces a non-competitive challenge from Democrat Stephanie Schmid.

Voters in Hunterdon County, which entirely falls within the seventh congressional district, have returned 74,127 ballots, a turnout of about 75%. There, freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski is running for re-election against State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield).

In Somerset County, about 66% of voters, 154,051 of them to be exact, have returned ballots, though portions of Somerset fall outside of the seventh district.

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