Election Day: Voting information explained
Elections for Indiana Borough Council take place Tuesday.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania students can vote on campus at Zink and Pratt halls. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m; however, voters have the right to vote if they are standing in line by 8 p.m.
The borough voting process is divided into four wards.
First Ward: Katherine Hood (D) is running unopposed.
Second Ward: Robert Jobe (R), Gerald Smith (R/D) and Donald Lancaster (D) are competing for two four-year seats. Larry DeChurch and Brett Johns are competing for the open two-year seat.
Third Ward: Richard Thorell (R), Nancy Jones (D) and Matthew Gaudet (D) are competing for two of the four-year seats. Additionally, Indiana University of Pennsylvania student Taralyn Federoff and IUP alumna Jennifer Gonda-English organized write-in campaigns just two weeks ago.
Fourth Ward: Julie Adcock (D) is running unopposed.
The Indiana Borough Council plans to combat the troubles of living next door to a large public university, while still reaping the economic and cultural benefits.
The borough and its council have the power to change zoning laws, which can encourage or discourage student movement and development to certain areas in Indiana.
The borough funds its own police force, which often ends up policing students, according to borough police crime reports. White Township, which surrounds the borough, relies on state police enforcement and does not adhere to locally passed township law.
The borough police must follow borough ordinances, which are drafted by appointed administrators and approved by the council.
The council itself also approves any administrative hires and has the power to create or eliminate those positions.
Voters can find their voting precinct and rights by going to votespa.com. If they are not on the “roll” at their voting location, they might be registered at another precinct. They can go to the courthouse and receive a provisional ballot if they are denied the chance to vote.
First-time voters in a precinct must bring valid identification. The following are approved forms of ID, according to votespa.com: Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, ID issued by any Commonwealth agency, ID issued by the U.S. government, U.S. passport, U.S. armed forces ID, student ID or employee ID.
If voters do not have a photo ID, they can use a non-photo identification that includes their name and address.