Mayor’s Column: Primary Election

Mayor Mignogna reviews where residents can vote in the upcoming Primary Elections.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government of the majority who participate.”       Thomas Jefferson

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.

In recent years, casting your ballot has been made even 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 June 8 Primary Election must be received by the Camden County Clerk no later than June 1. Completed ballots must be received by the Board of Elections before the close of the polls on Primary Election Day.

On Primary Election Day, voters will be casting ballots to elect the New Jersey Governor, one member of the State Senate, two members of the General Assembly, three County Commissioners (formerly Freeholders), Sheriff, three Male Members of the State Democrat Committee, three Female Members of the State Democrat Committee, one Male Member of the State Republican Committee, one Female Member of the State Republican Committee and two Voorhees Township Committee members. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Voorhees Township.

Voting locations can be found at voorheesnj.com. Following is a list of the voting locations in town if you wish to vote in person:

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

Residents of District      2 (Kirkwood/ Carriagebrooke Farm areas) Vote at the Kirkwood Fire Station

Residents of District     3 (Alluvium Woods area) Vote at Lions Lake Community Center

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 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 Staffordshire) Vote at the Macy’s Court

Residents of District     8 (Main Street Estates area) Vote at the Kresson Fire Station

Residents of District       9 (Devonshire, Lake Villa, Elm Tree and Alluvium Lakes areas) Vote at the School Administration Building

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

Residents of District    11 (Part of Sturbridge Lakes) Vote at the Hampton Inn Route 73

Residents of District     12 (Ashland Terrace, Woodcrest, Staffordshire Estates) Vote at Town Hall

Residents of District     13 (Avian) Vote at the Lions Lake Community 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 VTC Food Court

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

Residents of District     19 (Staffordshire and Traditions areas) Vote at VTC Food Court

Any voter who is not listed on the voting rolls or is denied the right to vote, and who 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.

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!

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets, visit www.voorheesnj.com.