Voter Registration Voter registration is made available to all first-year students during the check-in on arrival day. Sponsored by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, faculty, staff, students, and local community volunteers help students register to vote locally or in their hometown. Students may not realize that they have the option to vote at the ballot while studying at Bard. This right was protected by law in 2004, when Bard and Vassar students joined efforts to challenge illegal voter suppression activities in Dutchess County.
Where to Register Not sure where to register? Consider upcoming elections in your hometown or state and evaluate your options. Is there an upcoming contentious vote that you want to weigh in on? Do you feel strongly about a candidate or want to show your support to your party? Current Dutchess County races include seats on the Red Hook Town Board, Judiciary, and County Legislature, and the race for Dutchess County supervisor.
Why Vote? Voting is one of the most fundamental rights in a democratic society; we want to do everything we can to encourage all students to exercise their right to vote.
Bard encourages all students to vote, and the Center for Civic Engagement
sponsors Election@Bard to support student voting, either at the ballot box or absentee. Voter registration information includes links to registration forms, local and national resources, and local and state representatives.
Dutchess County 2012 Ballot
Have you ever voted before? Are you familiar with this year's ballot? Make sure to look at the ballot before going to the polls. Find information on Dutchess County candidates at election.bard.edu/candidates/.
Click here to review the ballot: