Only about 35 percent of registered New Jersey voters went to the polls yesterday to vote in the 2014 midterm elections, fewer than any federal election in the state’s history. The turnout number, however, is still preliminary. It excludes Monmouth County, which early this morning only had about 33 percent of its precincts reporting.
Still, in 2010, which was the prior midterm election year, 42 percent of the registered voters cast their ballots, which was one of the lowest vote turnouts in New Jersey history.
Years in which only the state Senate or state Assembly seats are up for grabs have resulted in turnouts just north of 30 percent — but never an election for Congress. Presidential elections usually pull in more than 70 percent of voters — with one exception, 2012. That year, in which about 62 percent of the electorate cast its vote, was seriously affected by superstorm Sandy.