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November 13, 2015 | Number of The Day
South Jerseyans who said they didn’t vote in last week’s election because of lack of information

Statewide, last week’s election had the lowest turnout in New Jersey’s history — an estimate of about 19 percent. Yet even the two most competitive districts in the state — Districts 1 and 2 in South Jersey — had an abysmal turnout of about 25 percent.
This despite the two major parties spending millions, much of it on advertising. The result was a net gain of one Democratic seat across the two districts that span Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties..

When asked by a poll from the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University why they hadn’t voted, 26 percent said they lacked information about the election. The next most-commonly cited reason was being too busy (20 percent); followed by lack of interest (14 percent). Only 13 percent said they didn’t like the candidates, and 9 percent said they voted only in major elections.