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Voter participation has long been viewed as perhaps the most fundamental component of civic engagement. High turnout is essential to ensuring a flourishing and healthy democracy. Over the years, the City of Camden has become associated with low participation rates, an indicator of disengagement from the system.
  1. Voter Participation Trends by Election
  2. Raw Election Data
  3. Previous CamConnect Election Reports

Camden Voter Participation Trends by Election

Camden Participation in Presidential Elections: 2000-2008

Total Ballots Cast
Total Registered Voters
Percent of Voting Age Population that Voted
Percent of Registered Voters that Voted
2008
24,374
46,654
49%
52%
2004
18,858
37,765
38%
50%
2000
16,846
36,916
34%
46%


 

Camden Participation in Gubernatorial Elections: 2001-2009

Total Ballots Cast
Total Registered Voters
Percent of Voting Age Population that Voted
Percent of Registered Voters that Voted
2009
10,126
43,165
21%
24%
2005
8,708
38,412
18%
23%
2001
9,045
34,270
19%
26%

Camden Participation in Mayoral Elections: 1997-2009

Total Ballots Cast
Total Registered Voters
Percent of Voting Age Population that Voted
Percent of Registered Voters that Voted
2009
10,126
43,165
21%
24%
2005
9,076
37,765
18%
24%
2001
7,791
34,270
16%
23%
1997
11,977
37,647
25%
32%

Links to Election Data

Results for the 2009 General Elections

Results for the 2008 General Elections

Results for the 2007 General Elections

Previous Work

CamConnect Voter Participation Report Downloads

(Report includes data through November 2003)

Introduction and Demographic Analysis, pp. 1-9 (500 kb)

Citywide Election Results and Maps, pp. 10-21 (900 kb)

Ward and District Breakdown, Appendices, pp. 22-32 (100 kb)

Download the complete report in PDF format (1.5 MB)

 

City Council District Election:  May 8, 2007

Unofficial Results - Updated 5/29/07  - PDF Format

Obtained from Camden County Clerk, Elections Division

Ward 1  map

Dana Burley - 446 (54%)

Vance Bowman - 382 (46%)

Ward 2  map

William Spearman - 536 (57%)

Brian Coleman - 393 (43%)

Ward 3  map

Frank Moran - 499 (69%)

Eulisis Delgado - 224 (31%)

Ward 4   map

Angel Fuentes - 815 (62%)

Carmen Ubarry-Rivera - 503 (38%)

List of polling places

 

Elections for District Council seats typically have the lowest turnout for any municipal elections.  In 2003, there was only one closely contested election, in Ward 1.  Turnout was 1,028 voters, or 8.6% of the voting age population in this ward.  In 1999, there were two closely contested elections (Ward 1 and Ward 3).  Turnout in 1999 was about 11 to 13% of the voting age population in these wards.

In November 2003, CamConnect released a report that detailed voting patterns in the City of Camden from 1997 through 2003. CamConnect obtained election returns from the Camden City Clerk and Camden County Clerk by ward and district for each election in this time period. These results were mapped and summarized in table form. In addition to the data analysis, CamConnect held a citizen forum to review and discuss the findings. These findings included:

  1. Age appears to be a primary indicator of voting tendencies. For instance, residents in the neighborhood of Parkside, which has a relatively large population of people over 50, voted at a higher rate than did residents of East Camden and Cramer Hill, which have lower median ages. The pattern in Camden follows statewide and national tendencies.
  2. Although the rate of voter participation in Camden City is much lower than surrounding communities, the rate of voter registration is not. This suggests that efforts to improve voter turnout in Camden must focus on education and getting citizens to the polls, not just on registration drives.

 

 

Source:  Camden County Clerk