ELIZABETH, NJ - In-person voter turnout was low in Elizabeth this election, after mail-in ballots were sent to every voter in the state with a registered party affiliation
“The most we might get is about 30-something,” said poll worker Letisa Laury.
At the Ford Leonard Towers where Laury was stationed there had only been about 14 voters by 2 p.m. Laury expected there to be a second wave of voters as people got off of work but nothing compared to what a normal election day looks like.
Even during normal times primaries tend to have lower voter turnout than general elections. This year, in-person voting will be secondary as election officials are expecting to receive the majority of votes by mail.
“Everybody gets automatic provisional ballots whether they are disabled or not,” said Laury. This means that the eligibility of each in-person voter must be confirmed before their vote can be counted.
Unofficial results are expected within the next day; however, it may be up to a week before the elections are officially decided.