The Divison of Elections certified the official voter turnout numbers the other day and we set a record:
Turnout was 46.9% – the lowest on record for a gubernatorial election, down from 48.5% in 2005 and 49.3% in 2001, the only other times less than half of registered voters turned out at the polls.
Looked at another way, though, the turnout of 2,451,704 voters was the most for a governor’s race since 1997 and marked a 105,000 voter increase over the election four years ago.
The percentage turnout is affected by the presidential election registration surge typically seen every four years, which was particularly large in 2008. There were 390,000 more registered voters in 2009 than four years – and it’s likely that a goodly number were interested in the race for the White House but less jazzed about the run for Drumthwacket.
Here’s a link to the official results. The Christie/Guadagno ticket received 1,174,445 votes compared to 1,087,731 votes for Corzine/Weinberg.