New Jersey sees record number of votes cast in 2016 election

Officials say 3,957,303 New Jersey residents voted in

Officials say 3,957,303 New Jersey residents voted in the 2016 election, a record number. (Credit: File photo)

TRENTON - New Jersey election results show a record number of nearly 4 million New Jersey residents voted in the November presidential contest.

The state Board of Canvassers met on Tuesday in Trenton to certify that 3,957,303 residents cast ballots in the Nov. 8 contest. That beat the 3,910,220 ballots cast in 2008, the previous record.

Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state's 14 electoral votes with 2,148,278 votes to Republican Donald Trump's 1,601,933 votes. Trump won the national election

Turnout or the number of ballots cast divided by registered voters, was up to 68 percent from about 67 percent in 2012. The 2012 election happened just after Superstorm Sandy ravaged New Jersey's coast.

It's lower than the roughly 73 percent turnout rate in 2008 when Barack Obama won his first term.

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