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."
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