Budget Vote & School Board Election Information

Budget Vote & School Board Election Information
Posted on 05/21/2020
Budget Vote & School Board Election Information

In an executive order issued Friday, May 1, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place on June 9 instead of May 19, by absentee ballot only. There will be no in-person voting at public polling places due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents of the Rondout Central School District will vote on a proposed district budget for the 2020-21 school year and will elect three members of the Board of Education.

The executive order also prompted several changes to the budget development and Board of Education election calendar. Important dates are as follows:

Thursday, May 21, 2020: The Board of Education will adopt a proposed school district budget for 2020-21.

Monday, June 1st, 2020: Annual Budget Hearing. The hearing will take place online.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election (by absentee ballot)

Links to the online meetings will be posted on the district website: https://www.rondout.k12.ny.us/

How do I vote by absentee ballot?

To cast a vote in the election, you must be qualified to vote. To be qualified to vote, you must meet these three criteria:

  • U.S. citizen
  • at least 18 years of age on election day
  • a resident of the district for at least 30 days before election day

If you meet these criteria, you may vote in the election. You need not be registered in order to vote in the election. However, absentee ballots will automatically be mailed on or before June 1, 2020 only to those qualified voters who are already registered to vote. Please note that . only registered voters will automatically receive an absentee ballot without requesting one. If you are not registered to vote, but want to vote in the election, you must request that the District send you an absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot by calling Debra Barbiani, District Clerk, at 845-687-2400 x4803, or emailing dbarbiani@rondout.k12.ny.us

When can I expect to receive my ballot?

An absentee ballot will be mailed to all registered voters who are on the county’s registered voter list. The ballot will be mailed between May 26 & 27 and June 1, 2020, depending on the print and mail schedules and the timing of requests from voters to be added to the poll list. Please note that due to the requirements of the executive order and a reduced workforce due to COVID-19, the turnaround time for submitting a ballot will, in most cases, be less than one week. It is important that when you receive your ballot, you fill it out and return it as soon as possible.

How should I return my ballot?

All absentee ballots will include a prepaid return envelope so voters can mail their ballots. Completed ballots must be received by the District by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 or they will not be counted.

You must certify your eligibility to cast your ballot. There is a designated area for signature on the back of the return envelope. The envelope must be signed for the vote to be counted.

Can I drop off my ballot in person?

No. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, no one will be able to accept ballots in person. Completed ballots must be received by mail to the District by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in order to be counted.

More information

How will I know what I am voting on or who I am voting for?

Information on the proposed 2020-21 Budget Vote and Board of Education Election can be found here: https://www.rondout.k12.ny.us/

As part of the executive order, the District is required to send a postcard that includes a new vote date and the date of the budget hearing to all residents. The District is also using this postcard to notify and encourage qualified district voters to visit the website.

If I must sign the return envelope with my ballot, how will my vote be counted?

The absentee ballot will arrive with two envelopes. The return envelope will hold a separate envelope where you will place your completed ballot. You must certify your eligibility to cast your ballot. There is a designated area on the back of the ballot envelope for the voter to sign. The envelope must be signed for the vote to be counted.
When the stamped, addressed envelope is returned the inner envelope is scanned to ensure that only one ballot is cast per voter. The inner envelope is opened, and the ballot is sorted into a separate pile to be tallied by certified election inspectors. The tallying of the votes will be streamed live and begin at 5:00 PM on June 9, 2020. The link to the live streaming of the vote count will be posted on the district website on June 9, 2020.

Please use this link to view the 2020-2021 Proposed Budget Statement
If you require this information in another format, please call (845) 687-2400.