November 1, 2018 | Number of The Day
Number of vote by mail ballots issued thus far by NJ county clerks

Midterm elections often sputter and sag and wind up with a disappointingly low turnout, but this year could be different — and it’s not just due to the passion that appears to have been kindled in Democratic and Republican voters. A state law passed in August mandates that all voters issued a vote by mail ballot in the November 2016 election automatically be issued one for the 2018 midterms. As a result, there’s been an extraordinary jump in volume: 553,606 vote by mail ballots have been issued thus far, compared with 143,094 vote by mail ballots cast in the November 2014 midterms.

The largest number of vote by mail ballots have been issued in Middlesex (59,624), Camden (56,624), and Bergen (53,280) counties; the smallest, in Salem (3,734).