Requiring voters to provide additional information regarding their physical address is unfair to students, according to some student voters and Dutchess County Democratic Commissioner Fran Knapp.
Dutchess County Republican Commissioner Erik Haight, who’s being accused by Knapp of disenfranchising student voters, said New York state election law requires voters to provide a physical address, although rules haven’t been strictly followed in the past...
Haight said he recently signed 50 letters informing prospective voters that their applications are incomplete and that if anyone is causing trouble for them, it’s Knapp.
“Commissioner Knapp refused to inform these voters that they’ve sent in incomplete applications,” Haight said. “She’s been sitting on them to conduct a stunt like this. She’s delaying voters.”
Knapp denied Haight’s claim, saying he only gave her the letters last week and that she has spent time since then consulting with officials on how to handle the issue.
The issue has not, apparently, come up in any other counties in New York or elsewhere. We'll post an update if this turns out to be a recurring problem.