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Your Guide To Voting In Tuesday’s Election

It’s hard to believe, folks, but it’s true. After months of campaigning and political candidates visiting State College, it all comes together Tuesday when we vote in this year’s election. Whether you’re for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or a third-party candidate, here’s what you need to know to vote in this year’s election.

When to Vote

In Pennsylvania, the polls are open on Tuesday (Nov. 8) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where to Vote

This is the tricky one. Luckily, Centre County makes it easy on us. Most people living on campus vote at the HUB, but some vote downtown. The quickest way to confirm your polling place is to use this form. All you need to do is enter your name and date of birth and you can see what precinct you’re in and where your polling place is.

How to Vote

This year will mark the first voting experience in a presidential election for many students. If you’ve never been to the polls before (or even if you just need a refresher), here are some tips from Centre County about what to expect on Election Day:

  1. No one can campaign within 10 feet of the entrance to a polling location.
  2. While you’re inside your polling location, don’t talk about any political subjects.
  3. If you’re voting for the first time, you’ll need to show an ID. Your student ID or driver’s license can count for this, but here’s a complete list of options.
  4. After the elections desk determines you’re eligible to vote, you sign your name in the poll book. If your address is incorrect here, you’ll need to fill out a form to change it (Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to vote.)
  5. Make sure you follow any instructions the poll worker gives you.
  6. When you’re finished voting, tear off the stub on your ballot and place the rest of the ballot in the ballot box.

In case you’re nervous about the ballot itself, the instructions are pretty simple:

  1. Use a black pen.
  2. To vote you must blacken the oval to the left of your choice completely. An oval blackened to the left of the name of any candidate indicates a vote for that candidate.
  3. If you wish to vote straight party, blacken the oval to the left of your party choice.
  4. To case a write-in vote for a person whose name is not on the ballot, blacken the oval to the left of the line provided and print the name in the blank space provided for that purpose.
  5. If you make a mistake do not erase. Ask for a new ballot.
  6. Remove stub before casting ballot.

What to Vote

Here’s our guide to all of the elections and referendum you’ll see on this year’s ballot in Centre County in addition to the presidential election.

For any other questions, you can contact the Centre County Office of Elections and Voter Registration at (814) 355-6703 or e-mail Director Joyce McKinley. If all else fails, at least we can take solace in the history of Wimpy the Gerbil‘s infamous student government election win.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a senior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.



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