Bard Continues the Fight for a Polling Place on Campus
Voter suppression of college students in Dutchess County was rampant until 1999, when Bard and Vassar students—with the support of both institutions—threatened a lawsuit against the Dutchess County Board of Elections. In response, a committee appointed by the county legislature, consisting of the late Woody Klose, Kristen Jemiolo, and Marcus Molinaro (the current county executive), explored the issue and reaffirmed the right of college students to vote where they live and study, a right already upheld by the Supreme Court in 1979.
Election@Bard Student Leadership
Rhayne Batista '23
Rhayne is a sophomore intending to major in Political Studies and Film Studies. Rhayne works with Election@Bard as well as at the CCE Front Desk, and plays on the Bard Women's Rugby team.
Sadia Saba ’21
Sadia is a senior majoring in Global and International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights. Sadia recently returned from studying abroad in Cairo.