.
News Alert
VIDEO: Jersey Shore Beach Conditions And Traffic

Bancroft Referendum Turnout Brisk

Voters flock to the polls to decide $12.5 million bond referendum.

Bill Herrmann said he has never seen his voting district at Tatem School on Glover Avenue as crowded as it was today for the $12.5 million Bancroft bond referendum vote.

"I've been coming here for 25 years and this is the most crowded I've ever seen it," Herrmann, 56, an employment recruiter, said shortly after 4 p.m. today. "This place is packed. I had to wait 10 minutes to vote, which is the first time I've ever had to wait. It's the most crowded I've ever seen it. Politics are local, I guess."

Herrmann said he voted "yes" on the controversial referendum to buy the 19.2-acre Bancroft property at 425 Kings Highway East, next to Haddonfield Memorial High School. A sampling of other voters in two other voting districts turned up more who said they voted for the proposal than against. Both districts reported about 30 percent of their registered voters had cast ballots before 5 p.m.

"This is the last bit of green space, need more room for the high school, don't want to go regional schools, our kids deserve it," said Diane Luecke, a social worker who has lived in town for more than 40 years, after she voted at Elizabeth Haddon School on Redman Avenue. "I think it will keep property values up. Lot of reasons, mainly our kids deserve it."

Not everyone was giving the proposal a thumbs up, however.

"The challenge is education and opportunity, not athletics," said Robert Hartman, 69, a retired IT executive. "I voted against it. I just don't see where it offers any solutions to the challenges that face these generations."

Haddon Patch will feature a live chat starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday with updates and chat on the Bancroft referendum. Haddon Patch will have live coverage of results when polls close at 9 p.m. Be the first to find out what happens.

Don't miss any Haddonfield or Haddon Township news. Sign up for Patch's free daily newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Jim January 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM
vote no
Susan Hoch MD January 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Regardless of the outcome, this is democracy in action. Citizens turning out to express their opinions. Hopefully, one outcome of this will be increased civic engagement on the budget, more candidates for Board of Education so that the current members never run unopposed again, and a vigorous Commissioner's election.
Jim January 23, 2013 at 01:28 AM
$12 + million for fields when BOE can not afford to take care of Radnor field. This vote yes to purchase is pure insanity if this referendum passes. Vote NO !!!!!!!!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »