Your Guide To Voting On Primary Election Day 2024

The primary elections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are upon us!

As folks head out to the polls on Tuesday, April 23, Pennsylvania residents will cast their votes to select candidates for their preferred party ahead of the general election in November.

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, April 23. 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. PSU Votes created a map of the most common polling locations for students, but students should verify their assigned polling places on the Pennsylvania Department of State website before heading to the polls.

If you requested a mail-in ballot from Centre County, your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. If you missed this deadline to return your ballot to Centre County or any other county in Pennsylvania, 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, April 23, by your county election office, too.

What’s On The Ballot?

Voters heading to the polls during this year’s primary election can expect their ballots to look roughly the same regardless if they’re voting in person or by absentee from another municipality. In general, students voting in Centre County can expect to see some of the following on their ballots depending on their party registration:

Candidates for President of the United States include Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Democratic), Dean Phillips (Democratic), Nikki Haley (Republican), and Donald J. Trump (Republican).

United States Senator candidates include Bob Casey Jr. (Democratic) and Dave McCormick (Republican).

Attorney General candidates include Jack Stollsteimer (Democratic), Eugene DePasquale (Democratic), Joe Khan (Democratic), Keir Bradford-Grey (Democratic), Jared Solomon (Democratic), Dave Sunday (Republican), and Craig Williams (Republican).

Auditor General candidates include Malcolm Kenyatta (Democratic), Mark Pinsley (Democratic), and Timothy DeFoor (Republican).

State Treasurer candidates include Ryan Bizzarro (Democratic), Erin McClelland (Democratic), and Stacy Garrity (Republican).

Candidates for representative from Pennsylvania’s 15th congressional district include Zach Womer (Democratic) and Glenn Thompson (Republican).

Folks can also expect to see information for candidates to the Pennsylvania General Assembly and delegates for their preferred party’s national convention.

Sample ballots for Centre County elections are available online for voters to see the full list of candidates and offices up for election on Tuesday. 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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Luke Pieczynski

Luke is a junior accounting major hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, and is Onward State's social media manager. 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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