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Judge rules Vassar campus gets a polling place

Nov 04, 2022 12:56 pm

Mid-Hudson News reports that Dutchess County Supreme Court Judge Christie D’Alessio ruled Nov. 3 that Dutchess County Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight must follow state law and establish a polling place on the campus of Vassar College. The League of Women Voters Mid-Hudson Region and a Vassar student and professor brought the lawsuit. Haight has lost several lawsuits about his policies to prevent college students at both Bard and Vassar Colleges from having their own polling places. County taxpayers have shelled out more than $120,000 in legal fees in Haight’s repeated defeats over issues at Bard and Vassar. D’Alessio wrote in her opinion that, "The plain language of Election Law g 4-104[5-a] which includes the word ‘shall’ (as opposed to ‘may’ or ‘should’) specifically mandates the designation of a voting polling place on a college or university campus where, as here. the petitioner demonstrated that the college or university campus contains three hundred or more registrants to vote at an address on such college or university campus.” Haight had not yet decided his next step, telling Mid-Hudson News that he is “reviewing the decision with my attorney (David Jensen) that was just issued a few minutes ago to determine our next steps.” Read more about this story at Mid-Hudson News.