Legislature adds voting on college campuses, postage-paid absentee envelopes
MidHudson News reports that the state legislature made two changes to voting rights in the budget it passed last week. New York will now provide postage-paid envelopes for voters asking for absentee ballots. And the legislature created a new rule that institutions of higher education with over 300 residents must host a polling place on their campus beginning with the 2022 general election. Locally, that will affect Bard College students, because Dutchess County Republicans have been trying to keep a polling place off that campus. Jonathan Becker, executive vice president of Bard College, said the legislation is “critical, because it will stop practices designed to suppress student voting, including situating polling in locations that are difficult to access and dividing campuses into multiple districts.” Read more about this story at MidHudson News.