Election day was Tuesday, and IUP students were out all day casting their votes for a very important election.
Over the course of the semester, The Penn has been covering all facets of this election in our stories. These include John Fetterman Y jose shapirovisits to Indiana County, our individual interviews with IUP student Brian Doyle (senior, history) and Representative Jim Struzzias well as our rotating columns PA Politics and DC Politics.
In addition, we cover six o’clock series program in September explaining the importance of voting in this election.
IUP has been working to get the vote out for months. The IUP University Democrats organized several tabletop events, as well as a “Rally 4 Rightslast month. IUP Votes was registering students to vote every day before the voter registration deadline, and the Center for Multicultural Student Engagement and Leadership (MCSLE) also provided resources to students.
Kevin Foster, IUP Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, said that MCSLE, in collaboration with the Student Government Association (SGA), IUP Votes, and the Pennsylvania State Association of College and University Colleges (APSCUF) sponsored an event “Get Out the Vote” table in North Dining Hall to “help remind students to vote and let people know if [had] any questions about voting.
At Zink Hall, IUP’s on-campus polling place, members of the IUP College Democrats and IUP College Republicans set up to speak to voters and distribute literature about their party’s candidates.
Here are the races that appeared on the ballots that were cast on the Zink Hall campus:
ALL RESULTS PUBLISHED BELOW ARE ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
United States Senate:
Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D) and Dr. Mehmet Oz (R) squared off in an election that has been close since the primary and could ultimately decide the balance of power in the Senate. According to the AP, John Fetterman is projected to win this race, even though he lost Indiana County.
Governor of Pennsylvania:
Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) and State Senator Doug Mastriano (R) went head to head in an election that kept many key issues at stake, including electoral integrity and abortion rights. According to AP, Josh Shapiro is projected to win this race, even though he lost Indiana County.
US House District 14:
Incumbent Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R) was unopposed and will win another term according to AP.
Pennsylvania General Assembly District 62:
Incumbent Rep. Jim Struzzi (R) is running for a third term against IUP student Brian Doyle (senior, history) (D) in a district that has been represented by a Republican since Democrat Sara Steelman lost her re-election in 2002 On Tuesday night, Doyle called Struzzi to concede.
IUP Community Reactions
This election was “incredibly important” according to Dr. Sarah Wheeler of the political science department.
“At least 1/3 of US senators and all members of the US House of Representatives are elected, as well as a majority of state legislators in most states,” he said.
Dr. Steven Jackson said that every year he and his wife, who is also a political science professor at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, have been volunteering at their local polling place on Election Day since before open the polls until after they close. This year they did the same.
“Democracy is not a spectator sport. Democracy requires participation to thrive, and that includes all of us,” said Dr. Aleea Perry. “Voting (and political science) affects almost every profession, every careers and all lives in the USA.”
Some IUP students were also excited to share why they voted.
“I think it’s our civic responsibility,” said Jane Register (sophomore, social studies education). “I am also concerned about my future students and what the classrooms could become.”
Abortion, LGBTQIA rights, and economic law were top topics for a student who wished to remain anonymous.
“We might as well take advantage of it instead of taking it for granted,” he added.
Anyone who is eligible to vote in the spring primary can register online at vote.pa.gov.