Portrait of an election
On a day when the forecast called for snow with a chance of low voter turnout, these volunteers worked to make a difference. Their efforts on Election Day 2017 are captured here on social media in words, images and video.
8:38 a.m. Laura Shadle | President of the Centre County Young Democrats Laura Shadle, 25 of State College, has always voted with her dad since her first election at 18 years old. This year, Shadle’s father is in Spain for a business trip and could not go with her to the voting polls. “I had to go without him,” Shadle said. “It’s been a strange election not having him here for emotional support.” Shadle is greeting voters and encouraging them to vote for Don Hahn for mayor and other democratic candidates outside of Friends Meeting House on E. Prospect Ave. #COMMvote2017
8:12 a.m. Andrew Jackson | Judge of Elections at Friends Meetinghouse on E. Prospect Avenue Andrew Jackson, 67 of State College, has been a Judge of Elections for the past 11 years in Centre County, specifically of precincts 26 and 30 in the last two years. He said it’s common for local elections to have a lower turnout than presidential elections, with this year showing not much of a difference of turnout compared to previous elections within the first hour. “People are disillusioned about what’s going on [politically],” Jackson said. “There are issues where candidates and their parties are not satisfying [the people] and speaking out.” Jackson strongly advocates for American citizens to “speak up.” Growing in a military family, Jackson said making a difference via a vote comes second nature to him. #COMMvote2017