SOMERSET, NJ - Residents in district 14, 15, and 16 voted in a new polling location this Tuesday, the Masjid-E-Ali Mosque at 47 Cedar Grove Lane.
The mosque served the public as a polling station during the June primaries, and feedback gathered at that time was used to ensure ease of service during the Nov. 7 general election.
Last November, Masjid-E-Ali Mosque, Director, Dr. Alex Kharazi along with other board of director members alerted Mayor Phil Kramer of their interest to utilize the mosque as a polling station. Earlier this year, Township Clerk, Ann Marie McCarthy facilitated the assessment and approval by the county.
"We wanted to share and care with our community, we are part of this community, and we want to make sure people come and get to know us, and we know them," Kharazi said.
Some voters toured the mosque, and all were offered refreshments while they waited to vote or on their way out after voting.
Based on feedback from voters during the primaries, the board of directors decided to hire people to direct and assist people, some in wheelchairs.
According to Kharazi, at least 750 people came to vote by 5 p.m. on election day. Voters were also invited to come back during Ramadan to eat dinner with members of Masjid-E-Ali.
"We are looking forward to many more years to welcome our neighbors," Kharazi said.
Masjid-e-Ali is looking to open its doors again Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free flu shots. This isn't the first time this year the mosque reached out to the community to assist with health and wellness, back in April they hosted their first community health fair.
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