To the voting booth for Primary Day in the commonwealth

One day after honoring the Class of 2021, Penn President Amy Gutmann performed her civic duty in voting on Pennsylvania’s Primary Day.

Amy Gutmann stands with members of the Office of Government and Community Affairs in Houston Hall.
(From left to right) Elizabeth Scheyder, Sarem Leghari, Penn President Amy Gutmann, Geneva Williams, and Harrison Feinman in Houston Hall on Pennsylvania’s Primary Day.

Tuesday was Primary Day in Pennsylvania. Following the 2020 presidential election, and the historic weight the city of Philadelphia lent to the outcome, Tuesday’s election continued to uphold the civic spirit of participatory democracy. And just one day after presiding over the University’s 265th Commencement, Penn President Amy Gutmann cast her vote in Houston Hall. Gutmann, along with voters throughout the commonwealth, picked representatives from their parties to put on the ballot for the November general election; Philadelphians voted for judges, Controller, and District Attorney.

Four ballot questions, including one that would limit the governor’s disaster declaration powers and another on a state constitutional amendment regarding equal rights, also compelled voters to exercise their right to participatory democracy. Of the city’s 1.1 million registered voters, the voter turnout results weren’t tallied until after polls closed at 8 p.m. Last year’s election brought a record number of voters to the polls.

Poll worker sits at a desk in Houston Hall behind a glass partition talking to a masked voter.
(From left) Nick Cavicchio (standing), and Jordan Desjardins (seated) helped Class of 2021 graduate from the College of Arts & Sciences Jackson Maxwell cast his ballot.
Amy Gutmann waves to three masked poll workers seated at desks in Houston Hall.
President Gutmann, wearing an I VOTED sticker, thanked Marija Westfall, Kelly MacGarrigle, and Carol Quezada Olivo at Houston Hall after casting her ballot.
A parent holding a baby stands in line to vote at Houston Hall.
Not everyone who showed up at Houston Hall was eligible to vote yet, including two-year-old Leo Iuliano, who accompanied his father, Jeff Iuliano, to the polls.
A table in Houston Hall with a sample ballot, I VOTED stickers, and hand sanitizer.
Safety measures were still in place at Houston Hall, as poll workers wore masks, provided hand sanitizer, and maintained social distancing.