November 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM
Penn State students and State College residents filed into the Friends Meeting House, located at 611 E. Prospect Ave, to cast their votes for the 2012 election.
Campaign and “Vote Here” signs stood firm on the building’s lawn as voters of all ages took time to exercise their right to elect local, state and national leaders. At 10:00 a.m., 79 individuals had already voted at this location.
One of these voters was Penn State student,Lindsey Dale (junior-secondary education ), who felt it is her duty as American citizen to vote.
“In some countries, women aren’t even allowed to vote” she said.
Dale registered with no political affiliation, but voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney because she said she wanted a job someday. Though Dale said it is up in the air who will win, she thinks it will be current President Barack Obama.
Brian Kass (sophomore-advertising) said he voted because it would have been wrong not to vote in the first election where he came of age.
“I proudly voted for Barack Obama because I believe in a strong middle class and investing in education,” he said.
Inside the Friends Meeting House, it was unclear as to which candidates were in the lead.
Ian McClellan, the Judge of Elections, said he had no way of knowing the count of the votes, as it was too early to tell. McClellan did, however, have an exact prediction of how many voters would vote within the Friends Meeting House.
“1,515 voters is my official estimate” McClellan said.
He also mentioned how the location was completely filled at some points during the 2008 election.
“We were overwhelmed in 2008 because the line was out the door by 7 a.m.," he said. "We had about 2,600 voters that year.”