Scenes from Election 2019
Journalism students in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications are reporting live on Election Day 2019, an off-year contest that will shape Centre County government for the next few years that they will be students at Penn State.
Coverage is presented in reverse chronological order as the day progresses, in a timeline and in a photo gallery.
Hobson McKown, 33, waits with his election flyers and the Constitution in hand for voters to walk into Park Forest Baptist Church on Carnegie Drive. The Centre County sheriff candidate was out at 10 a.m. that morning to show his commitment to engage with his audience and stand up for the little guys. “Since I’m a small force, if I’m not out here, people don’t know I exist.” McKown said. Photo by Korinn Harris
Timeline: Election Day hour by hour
Election Day evening
Despite a light turnout, dedicated campaigners lobbied for votes until the polls closed.
A student does some last-minute stumping for his candidate outside a polling place at the HUB-Robeson Center. Photo by Ava Marie Rash Via Twitter
In Hong Kong, democracy is being endangered by pressure from mainland China. A student from Hong Kong reflects on his evolving view of elections in the United States.
Election Day afternoon
Some students see an obvious motivation for their classmates to vote,
1:45- College of Democrats member, Colin Mcgee, says he wants officials elected who are more lenient on college students. He believes the local officials elected have more influence in their areas. #commvote2019 pic.twitter.com/KCMgaSmNNC— Ava Marie Rash (@AvaMarieRash) November 5, 2019
Other students, saw less of an obligation.
4:25pm: With under 4 hours left until polls close, the elections will not be recieving a vote from one man. See his reasoning why below... #COMMVOTE2019 pic.twitter.com/p3fuuH0KGx— Nick Mazone (@MazoneNick) November 5, 2019
For Olivia Philips, voting is a civic duty.
For graduate student Matt Smith voting took less than ten minutes, time he said was well spent.
3:55 p.m. : Matt Shaw (graduate student- aerospace engineering) arrieved at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church to exercise his right to vote. It only took Shaw less than 10 minutes to do the process, he says that everyone that has the possibility to vote should do it for their own good and the good of the country. #Commvote2019
Election Day morning
Being able to cast a ballot is an experience that is both historically significant and very personal for this student-athlete.
Among the candidates in State College Borough was Penn State student Tom Dougherty
8:48 am PSU Junior Tom Dougherty got an early start in the HUB encouraging his peers to vote in today’s local election. Dougherty is the only student on today’s ballot, and is running for membership on the State College Borough Council. #govote #Commvote2019 #comm481psu #comm481election2019
The morning scene on Election Day.
There are a vast amount of locations in the State College Borough for students and citizens to vote for the local elections! Look online to see your polling place and make your vote count! #comm481psu#commvote2019— Taylor Rodrigues (@Taylormedia01) November 5, 2019
Content shot: 10am-10:45am pic.twitter.com/ZHTtpV2XyQ
Navigational aids were iun place as polls opened for early morning voters at the HUB.
9:47am - Vote today! Today is your chance to vote in local elections and students/residents of State College are our and about doing so! The University Park Undergraduate Association at Penn State (UPUA) will be around the Hub-Robeson center from 8am-forward for your questions about voting and any other information. Here, we see them giving some information about where to vote and who you could possibly vote for. #comm481psu #comm481election2019
Zachary McKay, a junior economics major, and Kara Doluisio, a freshman in the division of undergraduate studies, talk to students about why it is important to vote in local elections in the HUB-Robeson Center. Photo by Lindsey Toomer
Robert Geis, son of Altoona mayoral candidate Mark Geis, of Lake Wylie, Sc., holds flags on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 outside of the polling station at Father Kelly Hall in Altoona, Pa. Photo by Noah Riffe
Joe Landolfi, left, of Altoona, Pa., Robert Geis, son of Altoona mayoral candidate Mark Geis, of Lake Wylie, Sc., and Tammi Perkins, of Altoona, talk on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 outside of the polling station at Father Kelly Hall in Altoona. Photo by Noah Riffe
Poll workers Rick Torsell, seated left, and Debra Cleeton, seated right, sign in voters at Logan Fire Company No. 1 in Bellefonte. Photo by Jordan Pietrafitta
Betsy Whitman, 68, the vice president of the Centre County Democratic Committee, shows her little notebook full of contact information she collected weeks prior while going door-to-door to remind people to vote. Whitman stood outside the Forest Park Baptist Church thanking voters for participating. Photo by Korinn Harris
Jordan Emely, judge of elections and a senior at Penn State, pauses while checking in voters at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College. Photo by Lizzie Palma
Volunteers JD DeGuzman, left, Josh McGee and Will Lehmann, prepare to help a voter in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in E. College Avenue in State College. Photo by Lizzie Palma
David Provan fills out paperwork as he talks to other election officials in the Logan Fire Co. No. 1 Hall in Bellefonte. Provan serves as the polling location’s Judge of Elections. Photo by Allison Rambler
Romayne Naylor, left, and Edward Burke compare a list of voters in Logan Fire Logan Fire Co. No. 1 Hall in Bellefonte. Both residents of Bellefonte, Naylor and Burke serve as Majority Inspector Clerk and Minority Inspector Clerk respectively, and are responsible for keeping a list of all voters and ballot numbers during Election Day. Photo by Allison Rambler
Rick Torsell tears off stickers for voters in Logan Fire Logan Fire Co. No. 1 Hall in Bellefonte. A resident of Bellefonte, Torsell has served as an election official for seven years, and this year held the position of Minority Inspector. Photo by Allison Rambler
Sarah Hussain, a Penn State junior majoring in psychology, votes at the State College Municipal Building Tuesday. Photo by LindseyToomer