Mayor’s Column: Don’t forget to vote in local primaries

Mayor Mignogna reminds residents to go to the polls on June 5.

“ …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 at least 21-years-old, regardless of race or ethnic background. In 1920, the 19th Amendment gave women who were at least 21-years-old the right to vote. Finally, in 1971, the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age across the nation to 18-years-old.

In recent years, casting your ballot has been made easier through the Vote by Mail Program. If you wish to take advantage of this program, applications can be obtained by visiting the county store at the Voorhees Town Center or online at www.camdencounty.com/vbm. Applications for vote by mail ballots for the primary election must be received by the Camden County Clerk no later than May 29. Completed ballots must be received by the board of elections before the close of the polls on primary Election Day.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 5. Voters will be casting ballots to elect a United States Senator, a United States Congressional Member, three Freeholder seats, the County Sheriff, two Township Committee seats, two Eastern Regional Board of Education seats and three Voorhees Township Board of Education seats. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Voorhees Township.

The Camden County Board of Elections has made several changes in polling locations. District 9, which includes Alluvium, Alluvium Lakes, Elm Tree, Lake Villa and several developments along Route 561, will no longer vote at the Muslim Mosque but will now be voting at the Kresson Fire Hall. District 14, which includes parts of Partridge Run, previously voted at Brookdale/Brendenwood but now will be voting at the Voorhees School Administration Building on Route 73. Finally, District 18, which includes the Village Apartments area, the Vista Apartments and portions of Victoriana, had been voting at the Vista Apartments but will now vote at the Kirkwood Fire House.

Following is a list of all the voting locations in town.

If you wish to vote in person, ballots can be cast at the following locations:

Residents of District 1 (Greenridge and Ashland areas) vote at Ashland Presbyterian Church

Residents of District 2 (Kirkwood and Carriagebrooke Farm areas) vote at the Kirkwood Fire Hall

Residents of District 3 (Alluvium Woods area) vote at Kresson Fire Hall

Residents of District 4 (Echelon Towers and La Bonne Vie areas) vote at Yardley Commons

Residents of District 5 (Three Pond and Franklin Square areas) vote at the Voorhees Town Hall

Residents of District 6 (Portion of Sturbridge Lakes and Woodbrook areas) vote at the

Voorhees School Administration Building at 329 Route 73

Residents of District 7 (Lost Tree and Holly Oak areas) vote at the Barry Brown Health Education Center

Residents of District 8 (Main Street Estates area) vote at the Meeting Place at Hope Church

Residents of District 9 (Devonshire, Lake Villa, Elm Tree and Alluvium Lakes areas) vote at the Kresson Fire Hall

Residents of District 10 (Alluvium area) vote at Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District 11(Portion of Sturbridge Lakes) vote at the Hampton Inn Route 73

Residents of District 12 (Ashland Terrace, Woodcrest, Staffordshire Estates areas) vote at the Voorhees Town Hall

Residents of District 13 (Avian area) vote at the Brookdale/Brendenwood Senior Center

Residents of District 14 (Rainwood area) Voorhees School Administration Building at 329 Route 73

Residents of District 15 (Beagle Club, Wood Glen, Laurie Drive areas) vote at Lions Lake Community Center

Residents of District 16 (Sturbridge Estates and Sturbridge Woods areas) vote at the Hampton Inn Route 73

Residents of District 17 (Centennial Mill area) vote at Centennial Mill Clubhouse

Residents of District 18 (Village Apartments, The Vista and portions of Victoriana areas) vote at the Kirkwood Fire Hall

Residents of District 19 (Staffordshire and Traditions areas) vote at Lions Gate

Any voter who is not listed on the voting rolls or is denied the right to vote and believes he or she is properly registered, can vote by way of a provisional ballot which will be reviewed by the board of elections to determine voter eligibility.

Each voter will receive a sample ballot in the mail prior to the election, which will identify that voter’s district.

If you have any questions about casting your vote, call the Voorhees Municipal Clerk at (856) 429–7757 or email her at clerk@voorheesnj.com.

Your vote counts.