Thursday, October 30, 2008

Election Day Procedures at the HUB

Here is the current procedure process for voting at the HUB (reprinted from the Represent listserv):
  1. Voting will take place in rooms 129A, B, and C in the HUB. These rooms have removable barriers separating them from Alumni Hall, but for purposes of the "polling place area" and the 10 foot electioneering rule, Alumni Hall is considered as part of the polling place. On Election Day, the side walls separating each room will be in place, but the front removable wall will be removed, creating 3 alcoves along the right side of Alumni Hall for polling.
  2. Students will be asked to separate into 5 lines at the doors of Alumni Hall. Precinct 27 (Pollock Halls) is the largest precinct, and will vote in room 129C (furthest from the door), and will line up to enter the leftmost door. East Halls (Precinct 24) and South Halls (Precinct 25) will vote in room 129B, and enter the 2nd and 3rd doors. West Halls (Precinct 33) and the 4 East Dorms in Precinct 44 will vote in room 129A, and enter the 4th and 5th doors. Rope barriers will be set up in Alumni Hall to lead students to their correct check-in desk.
  3. Students will check in and proceed into the 129ABC alcove area, where between 10 and 14 "voting booths" will be set up per precinct to fill in their ballots. They will then place their ballots into the optical scan voting machines near the back of the room, and proceed out of the alcove into the hallway with the murals and the full-length glass windows. This will be a one-way hallway, directing students to their left around the outside of Alumni Hall and out onto Pollock Road.
  4. At the corner in the hallway behind Alumni Hall, there will be an area established for exit polling and election protection work inside of the building, but students will be forced to exit the HUB before they can re-enter commons areas.
  5. Polling place lines will extend from Alumni Hall, out the doors of Alumni Hall, along the wall with the bathrooms, past the Events Management Office and the Time Capsule, and back towards Heritage Hall. If the lines are incredibly long, we will ask students to line up in Heritage Hall, which would be a good place for "party at the polls" activities. These types of activities would also be allowed along the line all the way up to 10 feet from the entrance to Alumni Hall.
Please note that Hastings, Snyder, Stone, and Stuart Halls in the East Halls area of campus will vote at the HUB in the Precinct 44 section. These halls do NOT vote at the College Township Municipal Building as was listed on voter registration cards. (Yes, this sounds strange, but permission was granted from the Centre County Elections Board to inform students of this change. You can call the Centre County Elections Office at 814-355-6703 for further information.)

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