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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.

To find out exactly where you should be headed, visit Centre County’s handy polling place locator. Centre County voters can also drop off any mail-in ballots at secure drop boxes across town.

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:

Presidential Electors

  • 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)

Attorney General

  • Josh Shapiro (D)
  • Heather Heidelbaugh (R)
  • Daniel Heidelbaugh (L)
  • Richard L. Weiss (G)

Auditor General

  • Nina Ahmad (D)
  • Timothy Defoor (R)
  • Jennifer Moore (L)
  • Olivia Faison (G)

State Treasurer

  • 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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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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