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College students may vote in Tuesday’s elections, federal judge rules  

POUGHKEEPSIE – College students, who were denied the ability to vote in the election by a Dutchess County elections commissioner, may so do after all.

Commissioner Erik Haight maintained they did not properly list their campus addresses on their voter registration forms. US District Court Judge Kenneth Karas ruled late Monday they may, in fact, vote on Tuesday.

The students from The Culinary Institute of America, Marist College and Bard College filed a class action lawsuit against Haight and the Dutchess board of Elections maintaining they do have the right to vote.

The students were represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union and their law firm.

“This is a victory for voting rights,” said NYCLU Legal Director Arthur Eisenberg. “The right to vote is preservative of all other rights in a democracy, and deserves the strictest constitutional protection possible.”