New Jerseyans have already cast 176,370 votes for the November 5 mid-term elections, with 30.1% of the vote-by-mail ballots mailed by county clerks already returned.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new vote-by-mail law in August, days after the Legislature returned to Trenton in an emergency session to a approve a bill to automatically send VBM ballots to all voters who used them in 2016, 201 and 2018, unless they proactively opted out.
Of the 568,959 VBM ballots mailed statewide, 46% were to Democrats, 25% to Republicans, and 28% to Unaffiliated voters, typically referred to as Independents.
Democrats make up 50.7% of the ballots already returned, with 32.8% and Unaffiliateds at 16%.
Democrats make up 37.9% of New Jersey’s registered voters. Republicans are at 21% and Unaffiliateds at 39%.
In 2015, the last time Assembly candidates led the ballot, New Jersey cast a total of 114,132 VBM ballots – 98.8% of the 1,10,522 votes cast statewide. Voter turnout was 22%.