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Dutchess Co. ordered to register college students

Nov 06, 2012 5:43 pm
Pat Doxsey is reporting in the Daily Freeman a federal judge has ordered the Dutchess County Board of Elections to register approximately 100 college students whose voter registration applications had been denied by Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas issued his ruling late Monday in a class action suit brought by four college students who said they were illegally being denied the right to vote. Democratic Elections Commissioner Fran Knapp, who opposed Haight’s effort to reject the students’ registration applications, called the ruling “a great day for all voters.” Haight barred roughly 100 students at Bard College, Marist College and the Culinary Institute of America from registering to vote because although the students listed the street address of their dormitory on their applications they did not list the name of the dorm in which they reside. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.