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Your 2023 Guide To Voting On Election Day

Election Day is on the way, folks.

On Tuesday, November 7, Pennsylvania residents will head to the polls to cast their votes for a variety of local elections to help fill positions at the local level across the commonwealth.

As you get ready to cast a ballot, make sure you’re up-to-date on Centre County information and deadlines by checking out our voting guide below.

When To Vote

Polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, for municipal elections. If you’re in line when polls close at 8 p.m., stay in line. Your vote will be counted as long as you remain in line after polls close on Election Day.

Where To Vote

If you’re a student living on campus and are registered to vote in Centre County (you can check here), you’ll probably vote at the HUB. However, students living in White Course Apartments will vote at Weston Community Center.

For students living off-campus, your polling place will vary. PSUVotes has created a map of the most common polling locations for students, but students should verify their assigned polling places with the Pennsylvania Department of State website before heading to the polls.

If you requested a mail-in ballot from Centre County, you must drop off your ballot before the drop boxes close at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 6. This new date has been adjusted from previous elections to account for canvassing across Centre County.

If you missed this deadline to return your ballot to a Centre County dropbox, you may still vote in person at your polling place. Specific instructions are available on Pennsylvania’s Department of State website for folks who missed the deadline to return their mail-in ballots.

For Pennsylvania resident students voting absentee from your home municipality, your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, by your county election office. The National Association of Secretaries of State maintains a website of all absentee ballot deadlines by state for any students voting outside of Pennsylvania.

What’s On The Ballot?

As a municipal election, your voting precinct and which candidates will appear on your ballot may vary depending on where you live on or off campus. In general, students voting in Centre County can expect to see some of the following on their ballots:

Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates include Daniel McCaffery (Democratic) and Carolyn Carluccio (Republican).

Judge of the Superior Court candidates include Jill Back (Democratic), Timika Lane (Democratic), Maria Battista (Republican), and Harry F. Smail Jr. (Republican).

Judge of the Commonwealth Court candidates include Matt Wolf (Democratic) and Megan Martin (Republican).

Other countywide offices include candidates for the Board of Centre County Commissioners. Candidates include Mark Higgins (Democratic), Amber Concepcion (Democratic), Steven Dershem (Republican), and Marie Librizzi (Republican).

Sample ballots for Centre County elections are available online for voters to see the full list of candidates and offices up for election on November 7. Voters can check their registered precinct online, which should match with their assigned polling place. Centre County elections also have maps of Penn State campus precincts online, too.

What Do I Need To Bring?

If you have voted at your polling place before, you don’t need to bring anything with you.

However, for first-time voters, you will need a valid ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or ID card, U.S. passport, military ID, student ID, employee ID, voter registration card, firearm permit, or any other ID issued by Pennsylvania or the federal government. Acceptable forms of non-photo ID include a current utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck as long as it lists your address.

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About the Author

Luke Pieczynski

Luke is a sophomore DUS premajor hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, and is one of Onward State's social media editors. He can often be found in the Starbucks line waiting for a nitro cold brew, or listening to one of Dua Lipa's latest releases. He's a fiercely loyal Sheetz Freak and will not settle for another Pennsylvania gas station. Please send your best political thriller to him on Twitter @lukepie11 or to his email [email protected].

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