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.