Annual School Budget Vote and Board Election
Ballots for June 9 Election and Budget Vote to be mailed on June 3
Governor Cuomo has ordered that all New York State school district budget votes and the election of members to the Board of Education be conducted by absentee ballot only. Ballots must be returned to the district clerk by 5 PM on June 9, 2020.
The New Paltz Central School District and many other districts throughout the state have been working with a third-party company, NTS Data, to print and mail these absentee ballots to registered voters. On Friday, NTS Data informed the District that a mass supply-chain envelope shortage is delaying ballot mailing in dozens of districts, including New Paltz. They anticipate that ballots will not be mailed until Wednesday, June 3.
Given this delay in mailing ballots to voters, along with possible pandemic-related postal system delays, there is concern that there is not sufficient time for mailed ballots to be returned by the 5 PM June 9th deadline. In response, the district is placing locked ballot boxes at each of our four school buildings. The boxes will be monitored by security cameras to safeguard ballots and ensure the integrity of the vote.
The locked ballot boxes will be set up by 5 PM on Thursday, June 4, and will remain in place through Tuesday, June 9 at 5 PM. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, ballots received after 5 PM on June 9 are not valid. Therefore, voters are encouraged to return ballots to the provided lock boxes which are located at the Main Entrance of each of our schools (the entrance near the flagpoles) and will be labeled "School Vote Ballot Box".
Voters may entrust others to return their sealed ballots into the lock box.
As a reminder, any qualified voter is entitled to vote via absentee ballot. Registered voters of the District will automatically receive Absentee Ballots by mail. Qualified unregistered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing the Request for Absentee Ballot Form and emailing it to email@example.com.
To look up whether you are a registered voter, click on this link: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
Voters who do not receive their ballot by Monday's mail delivery should contact the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-256-4020.