In “vote for two” races, like Assembly, Council or Township Committee races, the percentages for each candidate are reported by the total of votes cast in that race, not by the number of voters who voted.
For example, in the 11th district Assembly race, Caroline Casagrande was the top vote getter with 18,679 votes. There were 69,803 Assembly votes cast and 3799 under votes. “Under votes” are voters who did not cast two votes in the Assembly race. It could be voters who didn’t vote for Assembly at all or voters who cast one vote rather than two. The County Clerk’s website reports that Casagrande received 26.76% of the vote.
The math is confusing.
Fortunately we can look to the “vote for one” races, like the Senate races, to get a clearer picture of what happened.
In the 11th district Senate race there were 35,620 votes cast and 1240 under votes. From this we can conclude that 36,860 people came out to vote in the district. Jennifer Beck won handily with 56.59% of the Senate votes cast. She earned the vote of 54.68% of the voters who came out.
Thus, Casagrande earned 50.68% of the votes of all voters who came out in the district, including those who skipped voting in the Assembly race or only voted for one Assembly candidate rather than two. Mary Pat Angelini got 49.97%, Vin Gopal got 41.60%, Kathy Horgan got 40.89% and Dan Jacobson received 6.35%.