Updated at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Some 3.54 million New Jerseyans had voted as of noon Nov. 2, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. That’s about 90% of the total turnout in the 2016 presidential election and 59% of the total number of mail-in ballots issued for this election.
Of the 3.51 million ballots submitted, 43.6% were from Democrats, 25.9% from Republicans and 29.8% from voters who have not chosen a party. Democrats have a sizeable registration advantage over Republicans in the state and as a result 1 million more ballots were sent to Democrats than Republicans.
An NJ Spotlight News analysis of detailed data from the state’s database found that Republicans had pulled ahead of Democrats in the proportion of voters who had returned a mail-in ballot as of Nov. 1: 66.2% of Republicans who got a ballot had sent it back, compared with 64.1% of Democrats and 47.1% of unaffiliated voters.