Board of Trustees

Window to get ballot in Penn State board of trustees race is closing

Penn State alumni who still have to get a ballot for the board of trustees election should jump on it quickly, as the window to request one is drawing to a close.

Friday is the last day for which Penn State is guaranteeing that ballot requests will be processed, said university spokesman David La Torre.

After that, ballot requests made over the weekend and into next week will be processed “as practical” before the election officially ends at 9 a.m. May 2, he said.

That procedure is the same each year, La Torre said.

About 205,000 ballots have been sent out, he said.

So far, about 5,000 people have requested a ballot. Some 200,000 people consisting of members of the alumni association, active alumni and recent donors automatically got a ballot emailed to them April 10, the day the election started.

The university said Wednesday that 26,861 alumni have voted in the election, which features a ballot with 39 alumni vying for three seats.

The numbers are on pace with the voting last year at this time, when 27,132 alumni voted.

The two incumbents, local orthopedic surgeon Paul Suhey and Chester County lawyer Stephanie Deviney, are facing challengers who are angry over the decisions the board has made since the Jerry Sandusky scandal rocked the campus and community in November 2011.