Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot

on May 11, 2020

In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S citizens, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, and they must be a district resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no personal voter registration held at school district offices prior to the June 9, 2020 vote.

To find out if you are currently registered to vote, use this link:
https://vip.ntsteamed.com/Search/VoterSearch

If you are not registered, you can register with the County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website at: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application. If individuals are currently registered to vote with the district, they will automatically receive an absentee ballot and do not need to register.

Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years except for the hearing being held remotely.

Board of Education Election

The order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters, must read and write, and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election.

Prospective candidates must complete a M-W JUNE 2020 Board Petition and make an appointment with District Clerk Donna Vitucci, [email protected]. This petition must be received by the District Clerk (via fax, mail, or email) not later than Monday, May 11, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.