CAMDEN, NJ—  On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Camden residents will head to the polls to vote for not only federal, state, county and local officials, but they will also vote to determine whether or not Camden’s school board remains appointed by the mayor or returns to being a publicly elected board.

It’s the first time since the state take over in 2013 that voters will get to make a decision that can impact their school district.

A question on Tuesday's ballot will ask voters to say yes or no to, “Shall the Camden City Board of Education remain a Type I School District with the Board of Education members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Camden.”

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A ‘yes’ vote is a vote to keep the school board appointed by the mayor. Currently, school board members are appointed by the mayor for three year terms.

A ‘no’ vote is a vote to return the school to a publicly elected board. If the no votes win, Camden City school board members will be elected by the public as the current board members terms expire.

The referendum follows an April New Jersey Superior Court appellate panel ruling that residents of Camden should determine the classification of their school district.

No matter what outcome of the vote is, Camden school board members will continue to function only in an advisory capacity until the school district is returned to local control. Under state control, CCSD advisory board members do not have the power to vote or approve any items on the district’s agenda items.

Those who have advocated for a ‘yes’ vote cite the school district’s rising test scores and falling drop-out rates; those advocating for a ‘no’ vote believe the return to a publicly-elected board means a return of accountability in the school district and will allow parents to have a voice in the future of their students.

Camden voters will also vote a statewide question of whether or not to approve the $500 million “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.” If approved, the measure would allow the state to issue bonds that equal $500 million.

The money will be used to provide $350 million in grants for school security projects at K through 12 schools and to support county vocational school districts to build, equip and expand facilities to increase career and technical education programming; $100 million to support school district water infrastructure projects; and $50 million to support county college projects to increase career and technical education programming.

Camden residents will also vote for the following candidates:

  • U.S. Senator: Bob Hugin [R] or Bob Menendez [D]
  • U.S. House of Representatives: Paul Dilks [R] or Donald Norcross [D]
  • Member of the New Jersey State Assembly: Nicholas Kush [R] or William Spearman [D]
  • Camden County Sheriff: Joseph Adolf [R] of Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson [D]
  • Camden County Board of Freeholders: Keith Cybulski [R] or Jeffrey L. Nash [D]; Vincent Squire [R] or Susan Shin-Angulo [D]; and Claire H. Gustafson [R] or William F. Moen, Jr. [D]

Voters in Camden’s 3rd Ward will also vote for a city council seat. Current Councilwoman Marilyn Torres is running unopposed.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Here are Camden City’s polling locations:

1st Ward

  • 1st Ward, 1st District: Kipp Cooper Norcross Whittier School, 740 Chestnut Street
  • 1st Ward, 2nd District:Mickle Towers, Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., (Community Room)
  • 1st Ward, 3rd District: Mickle Towers, Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. (Community Room)
  • 1st Ward, 4th District: Ulysses Wiggins School, 400 Mt. Vernon St. (Room 175)
  • 1st Ward, 5th District: CCMUA Building, 1645 Ferry Street
  • 1st Ward, 6th District: Yorkship School, Collings Road & Fairview Street, Gym
  • 1st Ward, 7th District: H. B. Wilson School, 9th & Florence St., Gym
  • 1st Ward, 8th District: Morgan Village School, Fairview St & Morgan Blvd, Gym
  • 1st Ward, 9th District: Yorkship School, Collings Rd. & Fairview St. Gym
  • 1st Ward, 10th District: Yorkship School, Collings Rd. & Fairview St., Gym

2nd Ward

  • 2nd Ward, 1st District: Camden Early Childhood Development Center, 1602 Pine Street
  • 2nd Ward, 2nd District: Camden Early Childhood Development Center, 1602 Pine Street    
  • 2nd Ward, 3rd District: Hatch Jr. High School, 1875 Park Blvd., Lobby
  • 2nd Ward, 4th District: Hatch Jr. High School, 1873 Park Blvd., Lobby
  • 2nd Ward, 5th District: Bonsall Annex Building, 1073 Lowell Street 08104
  • 2nd Ward, 6th District: Tamarack Apts., 1801 East Davis Street, Suite 100 Community Room
  • 2nd Ward, 7th District: Pride of Camden Lodge #83 IBPOE, 1818 Mt. Ephraim Ave
  • 2nd Ward, 8th District: Bonsall Annex Building, 1073 Lowell Street, 08104
  • 2nd Ward, 9th District: Chelton Terrace, 721 Chelton Ave., Community Room
  • 2nd Ward, 10th District: Riletta Cream School, Mulford & J. Allen Nimmo Square, All Purpose Room
  • 2nd Ward, 11th District: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1151 Haddon Avenue

3rd Ward  

  • 3rd Ward, 1st District: Dudley Elementary School, 2250 Berwick Street, Gym Entrance South 20th St
  • 3rd Ward, 2nd District: Davis Middle School, 3425 Cramer St, Gym
  • 3rd Ward, 3rd District: J. F. Kennedy Towers, 2021 Watson & Boyd, Community Room
  • 3rd Ward, 4th District: J. F. Kennedy Towers, 2021 Watson & Boyd, Community Room
  • 3rd Ward, 5th District: Cramer School, 28th & Mickle St., All Purpose Room
  • 3rd Ward, 6th District: Cramer School, 28th & Mickle St., All Purpose Room
  • 3rd Ward, 7th District: Cramer School, 28th & Mickle St., All Purpose Room
  • 3rd Ward, 8th District: McGraw Elementary School, 30th & Fremont St., Cafeteria
  • 3rd Ward, 9th District: Westfield Towers, 3199 Westfield Ave. Community Room

4th Ward

  • 4th Ward, 1st District: Cooper Poynt School, 3rd & State St., All Purpose Room
  • 4th Ward, 2nd District: Rafael Cordero School, 601 Vine St., All Purpose Room
  • 4th Ward, 3rd District: Northgate II Apts., 500 N. 7th St., Community Room
  • 4th Ward, 4th District: Northgate I, 433 North 7th St., Community Room
  • 4th Ward, 5th District: Ablett Village, River Rd. & State St Community Room
  • 4th Ward, 6th District: Veterans Memorial Middle School, 26th and Hayes St., Auditorium Hallway
  • 4th Ward, 7th District: Camden City Accelerated Academy, 1033 Cambridge St., East Hallway
  • 4th Ward, 8th District: Sharp School, 928 N. 32nd St., Gym Entrance off Bergen Street
  • 4th Ward, 9th District: Sharp School, 928 N. 32nd St., Gym Entrance off Bergen Street
  • 4th Ward, 10th District: Rutgers Campus Center, 326 Penn St. (Events Office)