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Bard College files complaint against Dutchess Co. BOE

Aug 16, 2022 1:00 am

MidHudson News is reporting representatives of Bard College have filed a complaint with the enforcement division of the New York State Board of Elections against the Dutchess County Board of Elections. The action was taken to protest “the repeated violations of the New York state and federal constitutions, and state and federal statutes and regulations related to equal protection, the right to vote, youth voting rights, disability accessibility, and election law, that have occurred and continue to take place in District 5 in the town of Red Hook.” In its complaint the college outlines what it says is a pattern of discrimination and malfeasance by the county board that includes understaffing and under-equipping the polling site at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard, as well as repeated alleged actions that violate the rights of voters with disabilities. The college specifically named Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight, whose “actions represent everything that is wrong with how elections are carried out in many parts of the United States.” Haight said, “The Bard complaint is without merit. The Board of Elections complies with the election law, especially as it relates to minimum inspector requirements per election district.” Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.