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Gov. Phil Murphy votes in Long Branch on October 23, 2021, the first day of early voting in New Jersey. (Photo: Joey Fox for the New Jersey Globe.)

Monmouth: Only 9% of New Jerseyans plan to vote early in-person

By Joey Fox, October 27 2021 11:00 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has heavily touted the state’s debut early voting period which began last Saturday, but according to a Monmouth poll released today, only 9% of New Jersey voters plan on utilizing the new option.

8% of respondents said they intend to vote early in-person, while another 1% said they’ve already voted early (the poll was in the field from October 21-25, right as early voting was beginning). 58% said they’ll vote in-person on Election Day, and 29% said they either plan to vote by mail or have already mailed their ballots.

As of Monday evening, after three days of early voting had gone by, only 52,445 New Jerseyans had voted early in-person – less than 1% of the total number of registered voters in the state. An additional 390,000 voters had returned absentee ballots as of yesterday morning, meaning that around 20% of the total votes cast in the 2017 gubernatorial election have already been received.

The poll also found that 67% of respondents are “very motivated” to vote in the election for governor, an identical result to last month’s Monmouth poll. 27% said they’re more enthusiastic to vote than usual, 10% said they’re less enthusiastic, and 61% said they’re feeling about the same.

The Monmouth University Polling Institute was in the field from October 21-25 with a sample size of 1,000 New Jersey voters and a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

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