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Judge Changes Course And Allows Polling Site To Move To Bard College

Pat Bradley/WAMC

A New York state Supreme Court judge has amended her decision from nearly two weeks ago, and ruled that a polling site in Dutchess County can move to the Bard College campus.

The Friday decision says the Red Hook District 5 polling site can move from St. John’s Episcopal Church to Bard College for in-person voting November 3. The ruling comes after two other Red Hook polling sites were moved after the judge on October 13 denied a petition from Bard College to move the polling site from the church to its Annandale-on-Hudson campus. Bard was one of a few petitioners that in September sued the Dutchess County Board of Elections to move the site on-campus, alleging student voter suppression and saying the church site was not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is too small for social distancing. Republican county Election Commissioner Erik Haight says he is appealing the ruling.

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