“…Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln
In order for government to be “by the people,” we must exercise our right to vote. It is not only an important individual liberty; it is the foundation of free government.
The right to vote was initially established in 1789. In 1870, the 15th Amendment guaranteed the right to vote to all men who were 21 or older regardless of race or ethnic background. In 1920, the 19th Amendment gave women age 21 or older the right to vote. Finally, in 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age across the nation to 18.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voters will be casting ballots to elect the President of the United States, one member of the House of Representatives, two members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, one Township Committee member, two Eastern Regional Board of Education members and three Voorhees Township Board of Education members. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Voorhees Township.
The Camden County Board of Elections controls voting locations in Voorhees Township and throughout the county. Since last year, several polling places changed beginning with the Primary Election held this past June 7.
Below are the voting districts and voting locations in Voorhees that are now in effect for the Nov. 8 election:
District 1 — MOVED from Osage School to Ashland Church
District 2 — Stays at Kirkwood Fire Hall
District 3 — Stays at Kresson Fire Hall
District 4 — MOVED from Osage School to Town Hall
District 5 — MOVED from Town Hall to the Vistas Clubhouse (Formerly Echelon Glen)
District 6 — Stays at School Administration Building
District 7 — MOVED from Voorhees Middle School to Barry Brown Health Education Center
District 8 — MOVED from Kresson School to the Meeting Place at Hope Church
District 9 — MOVED from E.T. Hamilton School to Muslim American Community Church
District 10 — MOVED from E.T. Hamilton School to Muslim American Community Church
District 11 — MOVED from Signal Hill School to the Hampton Inn Rt. 73
District 12 — Stays at Town Hall
District 13 — Stays at Brendenwood Senior Care
District 14 — MOVED from Kresson School to Brendenwood Senior Care (Foyer area)
District 15 — MOVED from Kresson Fire Hall to Lions Lake Community Center
District 16 — MOVED from Signal Hill School to the Hampton Inn Rt. 73
District 17 — Stays at Centennial Mill
District 18 — MOVED from Town Hall to the Vistas Clubhouse (Formerly Echelon Glen)
District 19 — MOVED from Voorhees Middle School to Lions Gate
The sample ballot that each voter receives also includes the polling location for that voter.
If you have any questions about your polling place or voter registration information, contact our Municipal Clerk at (856) 429–7757 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, voting has become even more convenient with the ability to vote by mail. All registered voters are eligible, for more information visit www.camdencounty.com/vbm.
Your vote counts!
• Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting — Presented by Rettinger Fireplace Systems (www.rettingerfireplace.com) at the Voorhees Town Center on Friday, Nov. 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. The annual 36-foot holiday tree lighting will follow Santa’s arrival. Bring your pet and have its photo taken with Santa every Monday evening at 6 p.m. beginning Nov. 21 through Dec. 19. For more information visit www.voorheestowncenter.com/holiday2016.