Election Day 2020

Special Events

As in previous elections, CMU will support the democratic process by hosting a polling place at Wiegand Gym in the Cohon University Center. Local voters from a range of political backgrounds, who have been assigned CMU as their designated polling location, will cast their votes on campus. Staff and volunteers from different campaigns are anticipated to be present on campus.

On Election Day, Allegheny County has jurisdiction over the polling site, and it will be governed by their rules and regulations. We draw particular attention to the rules regarding signage on Election Day, which state that signs and all other electioneering material must be located at least 10 feet away from the entrance to the room where voting occurs. Supporters from various campaigns will be allowed to bring signs and place them on campus outside the 10-foot radius to the entrance. We encourage everyone to comply with these rules. For more information about local, in-person voting and to determine your designated polling location, please visit the Allegheny County website.

The polling place will be following recommended guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Poll workers will be provided masks, gloves, face shields and hand sanitizer.
  • There will be plexi-glass at the sign-in tables.
  • There will be cleaning materials at the polling place, tape to mark off 6’ distances for voters waiting in line and extra staff on hand to help enforce the provisions.
  • In compliance with the state order, voters will be asked to wear a face covering. Those who arrive without a face covering will be offered one.

The polling station’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., and anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote. First time voters are required to show some form of ID, but it does not need to be a photo ID. Here are acceptable forms of ID voters can take, which include student ID cards. To learn more about voting, candidate information and information on ballot initiatives, this website is also a helpful resource.