Scenes from Election 2019

Story posted November 5, 2019 in News by Bellisario College of Communications

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,


Other students, saw less of an obligation.


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.


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

The morning scene on Election Day.


Navigational aids were iun place as polls opened for early morning voters at the HUB.


Photo Gallery

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


About the Contributors

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Matt Lingerman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Matt is a senior at Penn State University studying Broadcast Journalism with minors in Psychology and International Studies. He is currently the Sports Editor at The Daily Collegian, a contributor for Blue White Illustrated and completed a public relations internship at Karma Agency in Philadelphia. His interests include professional sports, travel and writing.

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Ariana Rosa

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Ariana Rosa is from The Bronx, New York, graduating in Spring 2020. She is a Broadcast Journalism major with a minor in Spanish. During the summer of 2019, Ariana interned at CBS2/WLNY TV, where she gained experience producing live digital newscasts with the CBSN NY team. While there, Ariana acted as the Anchor for the annual summer intern newscast. While at Penn State, Ariana got the opportunity to work as a Staff Writer for Her Campus PSU and Managing Editor, of ¡OYE!: Penn State’s First Bilingual Latinx Newsletter.

Ariana also participated as the Social Media and Webpage Manager for Puerto Rican Student Association, where she contributed to the design and production of the organizations first website. Ariana is an aspiring CEO of a multimedia digital news outlet that gives a voice to the underrepresented Latinx/Black communities. She has always had a passion for story-telling, and believes no voice should go unheard.

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Ava Rash

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Ava Rash is a Senior from Pittsburgh, PA. As an avid sports fan, Ava has taken the steps to further her experience on and off the court. For the past year, Ava has worked for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics as a marketing intern and is currently an emcee for sporting events including Men’s Hockey, Wrestling, and Women’s Volleyball. Ava has helped with the production and marketing of games, including the Men’s Basketball THON Hoops game, which was the highest attended game in years. Ava is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, and hopes to continue her career as a sideline reporter. Ava has previously worked as Penn State’s Homecoming Sideline announcer where she commented and interviewed throughout the live event. Ava also works for the Centre County Report as a reporter and is currently an executive producer.

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Taylor Rodrigues

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Taylor Rodrigues is a senior from Monroe, CT and is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Digital Media Trends & Analytics. Taylor has contributed news stories, creative content, and ideas for ComRadio and her past internships, one with her local radio station, Star 99.9 this past summer, and one for EDMWorld Magazine. She has also been involved with organizations on campus like Valley Magazine, Ed2010, and Up & Up music festival. Taylor is looking to learn more about Broadcasting, social media, and the multimedia field. You can contact Taylor on her regular email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or her school email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Annie Ward

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

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Lizzie Palma

Senior / Photojournalism

Lizzie is a senior majoring in photojournalism and minoring in entrepreneurship and innovation and global international studies. Lizzie’s passions have always included the fields of photography, journalism and fashion. Upon graduation, she aspires to work as a photographer for a fashion magazine publication.

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Nick Mazone

Senior / Broadcast/Journalism

Nick Mazone is a senior broadcast journalism major at Penn State. He hopes to work at ESPN or FS1 on a sports debate show one day.

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Risell Ventura_

Junior / Broadcast Journalism

Penn State Journalism student. Minors in Sociology and Psychology. Born in Dominican Republic, the 21 year- old student moved to the United States when she was 16 years old. Risell worked for “El Mensajero” Hispanic newspaper of the city of Hazleton, PA. Risell interned with SSPTV on summer 2019, here she worked as a news reporter and newscast editor in training. Her professional goal is to become a news reporter for Hispanic-American networks in the US.