A Penn Stater’s Guide To The 2020 Presidential Election
At long last, Election Day is nearly here, folks.
State College and Penn State voters will cast their votes in Tuesday’s election. Besides the United States’ next Commander in Chief, several contested positions appear on the ballot, including state and national representatives.
Here’s a full rundown of everything you’ll need to know to clarify the voting process and fulfill your civic duty.
When To Vote
Polling locations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 3. If you’re in line by 8 p.m., poll workers must let you vote. It’s the law!
Where To Vote
Most Penn State students registered in Centre County will vote at the Bryce Jordan Center, while White Course residents will vote at the HUB.
What’s On The Ballot?
From presidents to treasurers, Penn State students and townies will have a chance to cast votes for six different races on Election Day. Here’s a general idea of what races you might see on your ballots:
- Joseph R. Biden — President (D), Kamala D. Harris — Vice President (D)
- Donald J. Trump — President (R), Michael R. Pence — Vice President (R)
- Jo Jorgensen — President (L), Jeremy Spike Cohen — Vice President (L)
- Josh Shapiro (D)
- Heather Heidelbaugh (R)
- Daniel Heidelbaugh (L)
- Richard L. Weiss (G)
- Nina Ahmad (D)
- Timothy Defoor (R)
- Jennifer Moore (L)
- Olivia Faison (G)
- Joe Torsella (D)
- Stacy L. Garrity (R)
- Joe Soloski (L)
- Timothy Runkle (G)
Representative In Congress (12th Congressional District)
Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district includes Ferguson Township, State College, Harris Township, College Township, and more.
- Lee Griffin (D)
- Fred Keller (R)
Representative In The General Assembly (77th District)
This district represents all of State College and the majority of Penn State students.
- H. Scott Conklin (D)
- Steve Yetsko (R)
Representative In The General Assembly (171st District)
The 171st district doesn’t include *as many* Penn State students but covers some areas where off-campus students may reside.
- Peter Buck (D)
- Kerry A. Benninghoff (R)
Exactly what’s on your ballot may differ from township to township or borough to borough. To find exactly what you’ll vote on, head to Centre County’s website, find your precinct, and pull up a sample ballot.
Look, no matter who you vote for, make sure you vote! Although voting isn’t required, it is an important privilege. Your voice matters — use it!
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