Election FAQs

1. When is the election? Does it matter what day I vote?
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) has directed that the election will occur over six days in April; four at the University Park campus and one day each at the Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey) and at the Harrisburg campus, respectively.

Eligible University Park, College of Medicine, and Harrisburg students may vote at any campus location on the date(s) listed below.

University Park Campus:

  • April 10, 2018
    • Voting Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Bennett Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building)
  • April 11, 2018
    • Voting Times: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Charles W. Mann, Jr. Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library)
  • April 12, 2018
    • Voting Times: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Charles W. Mann, Jr. Assembly Room (103 Paterno Library)
  • April 13, 2018
    • Voting Times: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Millennium Science Complex (Rooms W203 and W202)

Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey):

  • April 16, 2018
    • Voting Times: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Biomedical Research Building (Room C-1845), 500 University Drive, Biomedical Research Building, Hershey, PA  17033

Harrisburg Campus:

  • April 17, 2018
    • Voting Times: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Location: Morrison Gallery, 101 Penn State Harrisburg Library, 351 Olmstead Drive, Middletown, PA 17057

2. I’m a graduate student in the College of Medicine but will be on the University Park campus during April 10-13. Can I vote at that location?
Yes, students may vote any campus location listed above in question one.

 3. Do I need to bring anything with me when I vote?
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) will be conducting the election. You should be prepared to show your Penn State Student ID card when checking in at your campus polling location to vote.

 4. I am traveling/out of town during the election. Can I vote by absentee ballot?
The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) will be conducting the election. The PLRB’s rules and regulations do not provide for the filing of absentee ballots. Graduate students at University Park, the College of Medicine, and Penn State Harrisburg have to vote in person on the dates and times listed above in the answer to question one.

5. How do I know if I’m eligible to vote? What if I think I should be eligible to vote but didn’t receive a notification?
A list of eligible voters is included in the PLRB election order, which is available on gradfacts.psu.edu.

6. Who should vote?
All eligible graduate students are encouraged to vote in the election. If you do not want to be represented by a union, the election is your opportunity to opt out by voting ‘no representative.’

7. How will the outcome of the election be determined?
The ballots will be counted on April 24, 2018 in Room E100, Labor & Industry Building, 651, Boas Street, Harrisburg, PA beginning at 10:00 a.m. The tally of the ballots will be known after all ballots are counted. However, the results of the election will become final when they are certified by the PLRB.  Certification of the results will occur at some point after the votes have been counted and any challenged ballots have been addressed.  A simple majority of those who actually vote will determine the result for the nearly 3,800 graduate students in the bargaining unit (e.g., if only 100 vote, and the union gets 51 votes, all graduate assistants and trainees would be in the bargaining unit and could not choose to opt out).