The State College Municipal Building had seen 66 voters from 7 a.m. to about 7:45 p.m., Elections Judge Bob Barry said.
Barry said that, despite the interest caused by the first contested mayoral election in recent years, he expected a slow turnout, “though it did pick up during the day.”
State College resident and Penn State graduate Lauren Muthler, 23, had just cast her vote for mayor, judge, borough council and other state positions at 7:30 this evening.
“I grew up in State College and I’m very invested in my community and those who make decisions for that community,” Muthler said.
She said that she felt that being able to build relationships between the borough and the university, as well as being able to build relationships with constituents, were the main influences on her ballot choices.
“These people were work very hard for us, and they deserve our respect,” Muthler said. “We should show them the interest we want them to show us."
At 5 p.m, at the State College Borough Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St., one voter lined up to cast his ballot.
The Municipal Building has seen 50 voters today, Prescient 29 Judge of Elections Bob Barry said.
“About 10 voters came within the past hour," Barry said. "It’s picked up a little bit, but it’s still pretty slow.”
Barry, a resident of Ferguson Township, said that there were slightly more voters today than he expected, although the numbers don’t compare to last year’s presidential election.
"The majority of our registered voters are students, and a local election isn't as important to them as a presidential election is," Barry said.
While the polls may not be as exciting as they were on Election Day last year, Barry said that it is still important for him to volunteer and serve as the Judge of Elections.
"It’s just a way of giving back to this community," Barry said.
Mayoral candidate Ron Madrid hopes to take the place of incumbent Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, and the Penn State Republicans are supporting him in his endeavor at Heritage Hall.
Robert Borochok, member of the Penn State Republicans, sees Madrid as the better mayoral candidate.
“I do believe in free market principles and I believe he would be better [in office],” Borochok (freshman-industrial engineering) said. “We hope to give Ron Madrid the recognition he deserves.”
Though Madrid is listed on the ballot as a Republican, Borochok said Madrid is instead bipartisan and, in turn, a team player.
For Madrid, part of being a team player is uniting both students and the rest of State College as one community. Something, Borochok said, Mayor Goreham fails to do.
“We need a government that works with students instead of demeaning them,” Borochok said. “We have to have a leader who wants to bridge the gap and represent students.”
Borochok said Madrid is already very involved in the community — he lives in State College, went to Penn State and even teaches at the university — and that’s what makes him fit to be mayor.
“He has such great connections and he understands the values of the university and its students,” Borochok said. “He'll be able to put that to good use.”
There were no voters present at 3 p.m. today in the State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave.
Volunteers were taking advantage of the free time to talk amongst each other and play with a ball across the room.
Cynthia Finch, a precinct 26 volunteer, said they had only reached 40 votes at the time.
"I wish everyone voted,” Finch said. "It’s not really representative of the nation if not everyone is voting."
Matthew Kline, a senior at Bellefonte High School, was volunteering with Finch at the precinct 26 table.
"Why wouldn’t you vote?" Kline said. "It just doesn’t make any sense."
Rick Gilmore, the judge of elections for precinct 26, said he agreed with both Finch and Kline that everyone that can vote, should vote.
"People around the world have died or would die for us to have the chance to vote," Gilmore said.
Jeanne Spicer, a volunteer, chimed in on Gilmore’s comment and said those overseas would be shocked at the lack of turnout for elections.
The volunteers all said that more voters will show up before polling closes but are unsure how many this could be.
"We should have a bump after work but it’s nothing we can’t handle," Spicer said.
State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave, had seen 32 voters as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Clerk Jeanne Spicer said.
She recalled an influx of voters around 11 a.m. and hoped to see another bump in the afternoon and evening as residents finish work and school.
Spicer, a State College resident, stressed the importance of voting in local elections.
"It determines who's going to make decisions that'll affect [voters]," she said. "If they're going to complain, they should come out and vote."
Spicer said some Penn State students have been in to vote. However, she has noticed one problem often experienced by student voters.
"What we've noticed is if students register to vote at the HUB, they don't know they need to inform the county of their change of address" when they move to an off-campus apartment, Spicer said. One's current address determines the location of his or her voting, she said.
Judge of Election Rick Gilmore said, "This municipal election is the lowest of the cycle. We're expecting low turnout. There are no issues that are really contentious."
Matthew Kline, a 17-year-old high school volunteer from Bellefonte, noted that the location has averaged five voters an hour but said the site expects to see 60 to 65 by day's end.
Kline worked as Majority Inspector, helping voters getting signed in and explaining the voting process to them, he said.
As of 2 p.m., there had been approximately 20 people who had voted at the HUB-Robeson Center, said Bernie Shockowitz, a polling volunteer.
There are five precincts in the HUB. Precinct 24 has seen seven voters, precinct 25 has seen eight voters and precinct 33 has seen six voters.
Another polling volunteer, Barbara Shockowitz, added that they are hoping to see more voters around 5 p.m.
However, Bernie and Barbara are doubtful the turnout is going to be very high.
"There is probably not going to be a rush because it is just a local election," Bernie said.
As of 1 p.m, a total of 32 people had placed votes at Friends Meetinghouse of State College, 611 E. Prospect Ave.
The polling place is where precinct 26 and 30 report to. So far, precinct 30 has seen 10 people come vote, and precinct 26 has seen 22 people come and vote.
Alicia Allen, a senior at Bellefonte High School, is volunteering at the polls. She said one man was present at 7 a.m. to cast his vote for precinct 30, but besides that, they have had people come in throughout the day, with no big rush in the early morning or lunch time.
Matthew Kline, a senior at Bellefonte High School, was volunteering at the 30th precinct table.
"The most people we've had come in at the same time is four, and that was at 8 a.m.," Kline said.
Republican State College Mayoral Candidate Ron Madrid was at the Friends Meeting House polling place at 1 p.m. and he said that voter turnout has been "higher than expected."
"Other precincts seem to be doing well, especially for mid-day," Madrid said.
He began his day at the College Heights polling place before heading off to five other places, including Knights of Columbus, 850 Stratford Dr. and Foxdale Village Community Building, 500 E. Marylyn Ave., before coming to Friends Meeting House of State College.
Magisterial District Judge candidate Carmine Prestia said this election will affect students, adding that students are likely to go front of him in court.
"As students, these are offices that make the most difference in your life," Prestia said.
The atmosphere in the basement of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 109 McAllister St., is cozy this Election Day.
A box of whoopee pies sat on the table as the polling volunteers deliberated about what to order for lunch. The volunteers realized that they should get comfortable, already predicting it will be a slow day.
Flora Brooks pulled out her knitting needles and worked with bright yarn, while fellow volunteer Anne Walker casually flipped through a magazine. Maybe later they’ll play cards, mused volunteer Donna Brooks.
If the atmosphere sounds a little like a family living room, that’s because, for the Brooks family, of Bellefonte, Election Day is a family event. Donna and her mother-in-law Flora started working the polls together several years ago and have continued ever since, with Donna’s husband Raymond and neighbor Anne Walker joining them.
Also present was Penn State Altoona student Luke Vonada, who has been working the polls since 2009. He said the paycheck keeps him coming back every year, as well as the fun atmosphere. Joan Kerstetter, who has volunteered for the last five years on Election Day, also came out to help today and feels that she is serving her community.
Donna Brooks said this year is very different from last year’s election, when she was too busy to eat lunch. Today, only six people have voted at St. Paul’s, five of them being students.
However, Donna was not disappointed and said that the turnout was “pretty good for us.” Vonada (junior - criminal justice) agreed, saying that “[we’ve] already gotten more people than we thought we would.”
There was no one in line, or in the polling place at all this afternoon at 131 S. Fraser Street.
The Centre Region Senior Center opened at 8 a.m. this morning. Their biggest “rush” was at 9 a.m. of about nine voters coming in.
Sitting outside of the building was voter Sandy Reppert, of Bethlehem, Pa. She had voted at home by absentee ballot because she knew she was coming here to State College today to visit her son, a junior at Penn State.
“It’s important to me. I’ve been voting since I was 18 years old,” Reppert said.
The Senior Center has only had 25 voters in the past four hours they have been open. It’ll pick up after school around 3:00 p.m. and again after work around 5:30 p.m., according to a representative working the polls.
“Voting is a right that us women fought for,” Reppert said.
Voters were scarce this morning at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on McAllister Street.
The church housed a total of six voters before lunch, Donna Brooks the judge of elections, said.
“We weren't expecting that many, I’m surprised we had this many already,” Brooks said. “That’s pretty good though, it beat our expectations.”
The voting spot doesn't get that much excitement and the last time it reached over 1,000 voters was the presidential election, Brooks added.
The volunteers at the polling spot said students may not care enough about the local elections and it appears they mainly vote in the presidential elections.
However, some students do make the effort to come out and make their voice count. Quinn Albertson decided to vote today and she said this wasn't her first time voting either.
“[Voting] is so easy and it is part of your right as a citizen here,” Albertson (freshman-environmental systems engineering) said.
Brooks said that the students should come out to vote because they should have a say in the politicians and how they are running things.
She said, students who don’t vote should not complain about who is in office.