PLAINFIELD, NJ — A tally of Plainfield's registered voters ahead of the November 3 General Election shows a rise in the number of Democrats — up 794 — since the Primary in June. Total registered voters have also increased — up 1,399 to 25,980 — with two in three (65.2%) registered as Democrats, 28% as Independents, and 5% as Republicans.
Locally, those seeking city council seats are running unopposed. Steve Hockaday is seeking the Council-At-Large seat, and Charles McRae is up for another term to represent the Third Ward.
In the school board race, six are vying for three seats. The Children's First slate includes incumbents Cameron Cox and Terence Johnson, with Jeffrey Truitt. The Aiming Higher Together slate includes Eric Andrews, Jacqui Workman, and Josely Castro.
The following chart is a voter summary within the Queen City. The Second Ward has the most registered voters, at 7,682, followed by the Third Ward, at 7,083, and the First Ward, with 6,124 voters. There are 5,091 registered in the Fourth Ward.
In Union County, there are 372,854 voters, with almost one in two (48.2%) registered as Democrats. A third (35.3%) are Independents, 15.2% are Republican, and just 1.3% identify as Other (Green Party, Libertarian Party, Reform Party, U.S. Constitution Party, Natural Law Party, Conservative Party, and Socialist Party).
Among Union County's municipalities, Plainfield ranks #4 in registered voters, behind Elizabeth (65,028), Union (41,946), and Linden (28,722). However, the Queen City ranks #1 in percent of registered Democrats, at 65.2%, with Clark bringing up the rear (28.4%). Berkeley Heights, at 34.3%, has the greatest percentage of Republican voters.
To see the complete breakdown of Plainfield voters by ward and district, as well as data for other Union County municipalities, visit https://ucnj.org/boe/party-affiliation-statistics.
According to the Union County Clerk's Office, the counting of Vote-by-Mail ballots will continue after November 3 due to Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order that requires the 2020 General Election to be conducted primarily through Vote-by-Mail ballots.
Running updates of the Vote-by-Mail tally will be posted on a daily basis beginning November 4. The final, official results, including provisional ballots, will be posted after certification on November 20. Learn more here.
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