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Following the announcement that November’s general election will be held primarily by-mail, Gov. Phil Murphy went into detail Friday afternoon about how the election would be handled. NorthJersey.com

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Over 400,000 people used New Jersey’s new online voter registration system since it launched last month, including a surge of about 45,000 in the 24 hours before Tuesday’s deadline to register in advance of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

The final tally — 405,475 — includes people who applied to register to vote and existing voters who used it to update information, like new addresses, according to state election officials.

Gov. Phil Murphy celebrated the news in a tweet on Tuesday night.

“That’s how we do it in Jersey,” Murphy wrote.

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Last-minute voter registration surges are common. In 2016, the number of voters statewide jumped 175,739 between September and November.

A few people tweeted at Murphy that they had trouble registering online Tuesday night, though the system did not crash. Computer problems in Florida and Virginia left residents of those states unable to register before deadlines in those states.

New Jersey last tallied its total registered voters on Oct. 2, when the number was 6.4 million. That’s a 546,910 increase from November 2016. The number of statewide Democrats has increased 20% in the last four years, and the GOP’s ranks swelled by 18%.

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Question No. 2: Expanding property tax deduction for veterans?

Question No. 3: Should redistricting be delayed by a late census?

Aside from the presidential race, New Jersey voters will cast ballots for U.S. Senate — Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat, is seeking reelection against Republican Rik Mehta — and 12 House races. There are also numerous local races and three public questions, including one that would legalize marijuana.

Ballots in the largely mail-in race are due Nov. 3, but voting rights advocates are urging voters to send in their ballots earlier. Over 12,000 ballots were rejected in the May and July elections because they were received too late.

Terrence T. McDonald is a reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

Email: mcdonaldt@northjersey.com Twitter: @terrencemcd 

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