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BJC to Double as Polling Place

A well-known Penn State facility is being eyed for a new role in the upcoming election.

And like many issues now, it’s due to the pandemic.

Concerts, sporting events, trade shows and presidential visits have all been held at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Come November, they may be adding another event: Centre County polling place.

At University Park, several voting precincts are in Alumni Hall — in the HUB.

Due to pandemic spacing priorities, two of those precincts may be relocated to the Jordan Center

Centre County commissioner Mike Pipe says they used to have more than 2,000 people in Alumni Hall, but that’s not an option this year.

The Jordan Center may have another role as what’s termed a “satellite site” for Centre County’s election office.

Officials say some county offices have set up another site as backup in case somebody gets sick, they have problems with mail-in ballots or have other issues.

One immediate challenge in making changes is that election day is quickly approaching.

Centre County already has an agreement with another campus facility, the Penn Stater, that will be used for election purposes.

A reminder: We’re less than 50 days away from the Nov. 3 general election.

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