TRENTON - Early voting in New Jersey's 2021 general election opened on Saturday and will continue for registered voters for over a week leading up to Election Day in the Garden State on Nov. 2.
For the very first time, New Jersey voters can cast their ballot early and in-person using a machine from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. Voters can use polling places from Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
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The election is just one of two for governor in the nation this year — along with Virginia. The races stand out because they occur in odd years and traditionally invite national scrutiny since they occur just after presidential elections. Murphy is trying to buck a more than four-decade pattern of Democrats failing to win reelection. Ciattarelli faces strong headwinds, too, with Republicans outnumbered by Democrats by 1 million registered voters.
Ciattarelli, a former Assembly member and founder of a small business, fended off two primary opponents who adhered closely to the former president. In a victory speech, Ciattarelli didn’t mention the previous president by name but identified himself as a Lincoln and Reagan Republican who believes in tolerance and "mutual respect."
Murphy was uncontested on the Democratic ballot, which saw turnout fall from four years ago when there were six candidates vying for the nomination, according to preliminary, unofficial tallies.
Murphy has a positive approval rating in polls and has gotten good grades for his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. He also has a long list of accomplishments given the Democratic control of the Legislature. He ticked some of them off Tuesday: recreational marijuana legalization, offshore wind credits, a new film and TV tax credit and the implementation of sports betting, the push for which started before Murphy took office.
Along with the governors race, voters in the Garden State will also select state senators, assemblymen and school board members in the General Election. Two ballot questions also loom for voters, including a measure related to betting on college sports within the state and competitions involving New Jersey-based college teams.
- Atlantic City Atlantic City Free Library, 1 N. Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City 08401
- Newtonville Dr. Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road, Newtonville 08346
- Galloway Galloway Library, 306 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway 08205
- Mays Landing Mays Landing Library, 40 Farragut Avenue, Mays Landing 08330
- Hammonton Hammonton Family Success Center, 310 Bellevue Avenue, Hammonton 08037
- Northfield Shoreview Building, 101 Shore Road, Northfield 08225
- Chesterfield Chesterfield Township Municipal Building, Conference Room295 Bordentown-Chesterfield Rd.Chesterfield 08515
- Evesham Gibson House, Basement535 E. Main St.Evesham 08053
- Medford Medford Town Hall, All Purpose Room49 Union St.Medford 08055
- Mt. Laurel "Rowan College at Burlington County, Student Success Center, Executive Confrence Room 138"1500 College CirMt. Laurel 08054
- Browns Mills Pemberton Community Library, Community Room16 Broadway StBrowns Mills 08015
- Tabernacle EMS Building81 Hawkins Rd.Tabernacle 08088
- Willingboro "Willingboro Public Library, Meeting Room Willingboro Town Center"220 Campbell Dr.Willingboro 08046
- Blackwood Camden County Elections and Archive Center100 University CourtBlackwood 08012
- Runnemded Harry Williams Community Center2 BroadwayRunnemded 08078
- Collingswood Collingswood Senior Center30 W. Collings AvenueCollingswood 08078
- Atco Bud Duble Senior Center33 Cooper Folly RoadAtco 08004
- Voorhees Lion's Lake Community Center101 Dutchtown RoadVoorhees 08043
- Merchantville Merchantville Community Center212 Somerset StreetMerchantville 08109
- Camden Rowan University129 S. BroadwayCamden 08103
- Villas Lower Township Library2600 Bayshore roadVillas zip 08215
- Cape May Court House Middle Township Library30 Mechanic streetCape May Court House zip 08210
- Petersburg Upper Township Library2500 Route 631Petersburg zip 08270
- BRIDGETON BRIDGETON PUBLIC LIBRARY150 EAST COMMERCE STREETBRIDGETON 08302
- MILLVILLE INSPIRA EMS MILLVILLE STATION600 CEDAR STREETMILLVILLE 08332
- VINELAND LANDIS MARKETPLACE624 EAST ELMER STREETVINELAND 08360
- Thorofare Riverwinds Community Center1000 Riverwinds DrThorofare 08086
- Sewell Rowan College of South Jersey Behavioral Science Center1400 Tanyard RdSewell 08080
- Swedesboro Gloucester County Swedesboro Facility141 Glen Echo AveSwedesboro 08085
- Williamstown Monroe Public Library713 Marsha AveWilliamstown 08094
- Glassboro Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University201 Mullica Hill RdGlassboro 08028
- East Windsor Mercer County Library-Hickory Corner Road138 Hickory Corner RdEast Windsor 08520
- Ewing Element Hotel Ewing Princeton1000 Sam Weinroth Rd EastEwing 08628
- Hamilton Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton530 US-130Hamilton 08691
- Lawrence Mercer County Library-Lawrence2751 Brunswick PikeLawrence 08648
- Pennington Pennington Fire Company120 Broemel PlacePennington 08534
- Trenton Cure Insurance Arena81 Hamilton AveTrenton 08611
- Princeton Jct Mercer County Community College Conference Center1200 Old Trenton RdPrinceton Jct 08550
- Princeton Princeton Shopping Center301 N Harrison StPrinceton 08540
- Pennsville MidAtlantic States Career Education Center375 South BroadwayPennsville 08070
- Elmer Elmer Grange535 Daretown RoadElmer 08318
- Salem Salem County Office Building-5th Street Plaza110 5th Street, Conference Room 105Salem 08079
New Jersey is also letting registered voters cast their ballot by mail in the 2021 General Election, an option that has carried over from the 2020 Presidential Election. The state sent all registered voters a ballot in the mail last month that can be filled out and returned via mail or dropped off at a Board of Elections Office.
The Associated Press Contributed to this report