Penn State trustees: Alumni voting still lags behind past two years

mcarroll@centredaily.comApril 23, 2014 

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— Almost 20,000 Penn State alumni have voted over the past two weeks in the race for three seats to the university’s board of trustees.

Penn State released its weekly voting update Wednesday, showing that 19,882 alumni had cast ballots by day’s end. That number is down from the record turnouts of the past two years.

At this point in the voting last year, 26,861 alumni had cast ballots, and in 2011 the number through two weeks was 27,132.

More than 5,000 alumni had voted since the close of business April 18, when 14,170 had cast ballots.

Interest in the trustees election has surged since the Jerry Sandusky scandal hit in 2011.

In 2012, 37,500 alumni cast ballots to shatter the previous record. Voting approached those numbers again in 2013 but failed to set a record.

The race this year has 31 candidates vying for three seats currently held by trustees Marianne Alexander, Jesse Arnelle and Joel Myers.

Of the incumbents, only Myers, the founder of AccuWeather, is seeking re-election.

He faces competition from a diverse field of candidates that includes lawyers, medical doctors, executives and a university president.

Voting ends at 9 a.m. May 8, and the results will be announced May 9 at the trustees meeting at the University Park campus.

The winners take office in July and will be sworn in when the board meets at the branch campus in Schuylkill County.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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