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Voting Numbers Down in Penn State Board of Trustees Race

by on April 24, 2014 6:15 AM

Two weeks into the voting process, numbers are still down for the Penn State Board of Trustees election.

So far, 19,882 alumni have submitted votes, which is up from 14,170 one week ago, according to the administrative office for the board.

Last year, in total, 32,986 alumni voted, which was down from a record-setting 37,579 ballots cast in 2012.

Voting for three alumni seats opened April 10 and concludes May 8. Winners will be announced May 9.

The three open seats are currently held by board members Jesse Arnelle, Marianne Alexander and Joel Myers. Myers is the only candidate seeking another term.

The university automatically sends ballots to graduates who have a valid email address on file with the university's alumni records office.

Graduates who have requested a ballot over the last two elections will automatically receive a ballot.

In order to request a ballot, Penn State graduates can click HERE.

Voters can learn about each candidate HERE.

The 32-member board includes five trustees who serve in an ex officio capacity – university president, Pennsylvania governor, and state secretaries of agriculture, education and conservation and natural resources.

The alumni elect nine members. The governor appoints six members. Organized agriculture societies elect six members. The board elects six members from business and industry sectors.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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