• Connor Boehme '17 and Carl Amritt '17 registering students to vote!

    Connor Boehme '17 and Carl Amritt '17 registering students to vote!
  • D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss visits Bard!

    D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss visits Bard!
  • Upper College Voter Registration!

    Upper College Voter Registration!
  • Isabel Torgove '18 

    Isabel Torgove '18 
1 Connor Boehme '17 and Carl Amritt '17 registering students to vote!2 D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss visits Bard!3 Upper College Voter Registration!4 Isabel Torgove '18 5

Election@Bard is a non-partisan voting rights initiative.

As a college student, you face a choice when you arrive on campus: vote where you attend school and live for the majority of the year, or vote absentee in your hometown, where you may be more familiar with the political scene. College marks the first time many young people are eligible to vote, and developing the habit of voting has a profound impact on political involvement beyond college. Election@Bard works to increase voter turnout by registering voters, developing elections-based programming to foster civic engagement, and fighting for voting rights.

Where to Register?

Students may not realize that they have the right to vote in-person while studying at Bard. Not sure where to register? Evaluate upcoming elections in your hometown or state. Is there an upcoming contentious vote that you want to weigh in on? Consider absentee voting regulations. Are there barriers to absentee voting in your state?

Voter Registration

Our services are made available to all first-year and upper college students during the check-in process. In 2015, during first-year check-in, 225 students registered to vote with us. This figure represents nearly 60% of eligible voters in the Class of 2019.