The New Jersey Globe is tempted to just call the race for State Assembly in the 6th district for Democratic incumbents Louis Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt, even though there are still seven hours to go before the polls close.
As of late Monday, 15,837 vote-by-mail ballots have been cast in the suburban district that sits mostly in Camden Count. That’s 5,000 more than any other legislative district in the state.
The mail-in ballots already returned in the 6th represent almost 50% of the total votes cast in the 2015 mid-term election.
More than half of the ballots mailed (54.4%) have already been sent back.
Registered Democrats make up 64.5% of all VBM ballots returned so far, with Republicans at just 22.8%.
This lopsided number makes it unlikely – if not impossible – for Republicans John Papeika and Cynthia Plucinski – to win.
That, of course, is hardly going out on a limb. Republicans haven’t won the 6th district in 24 years.
It is likely that the 6th district will see a significant bump in voter turnout over 2015, the last time State Assembly candidates topped the ballot in an off-off-year election.