SOMERSET, NJ - Yesterday thousands of Franklin Township citizens exercised one of the most fundamental rights Americans hold. They voted in the primaries to pick the candidates they feel will represent them best on the local, county, and state level of government. 

Residents in districts 14, 15, and 16 had a new polling location at the Masjid-E-Ali Mosque on Cedar Grove Lane. 

Dr. Alex Kharazi along with other members of the mosque spoke with Mayor Phillip Kramer about the opportunity to become a polling station. A few months later Kharazi was told the Quail Brook Senior Citizen Center would not be used as a polling station, and that Masjid-E-Ali could become the new location.

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"Sharing our facility was a good way to give back to the community and build bridges and strengthen bonds," Kharazi said. 

Township Clerk, Ann Marie McCarthy facilitated the assessment and approval by the county. 

Voters were greeted upon entering the mosque and offered refreshments. Feedback provided by voters during the primaries will be used for the November election. 

For many, it was their first time being inside a mosque, and the poll workers and mosque members worked to make people feel comfortable. 

 "It is one way to welcome our community members and show that we share the same American dream, love our constitution and our country like they do," Kharazi said.   

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