Number of the Day: 34%

NJ Spotlight | August 10, 2010

During last year’s gubernatorial race, only 34 percent of New Jerseyans used the Internet to get information about the election, according to “Voting Technology and the Election Experience,” a joint study conducted by the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology project. That was far lower than Virginia voters, 47 percent of whom said they used the Internet to get information. Of those in New Jersey who did access the Internet for the election, 74 percent looked up candidate position papers and 64 percent used it to track news — about the same as the rate in Virginia. State voters also cited using the Internet to locate their polling place (17 percent), to look up sample ballots (15 percent) and to obtain instructions on how to vote absentee (7 percent).