Voting Questions

Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots may be applied for at the District Office during regular school hours. Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk not later than 5:00PM on June 9, 2020.

Petitions for the Board of Education
Petition packets for 2020 will be available from the District Clerk during regular school hours and must be returned by April 20th by 5PM.

Voting Information

Poll Registration Vs Personal Registration

Poll Registration Vs Personal Registration Chart

Important Voting Information

At the June 19, 2019, Board of Education Meeting, the Board of Education adopted a system of poll registration for its elections.
Voter Qualifications:
A person is entitled to vote in a school district vote if he/she is:

  • A citizen of the United States

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age

  • A resident within the district for a period of thirty days preceding the election

Education Law §2012 requires a person to be a resident of a school district for 30 days in order to qualify to vote in any election in that district. A person may only be registered to vote at his or her legal residence and no person can simultaneously have two residences within the meaning of that term (Appeal of Nelson Beck, 74 St Dept Rep 78). Residence for the purpose of voting "is the fixed and permanent home of the elector from which the Constitution, as well as the Election Law, contemplates that the elector shall register and vote" (Palla v. Suffolk County Board of Elections, 31 NY2d 36, 334 NYS2d 860).

Recently during the December 18, 2019, Board of Education Meeting, the Board adopted a resolution regarding acceptable proof of residency for poll registration. This is not an “all-inclusive/exclusive of all else” list. Other proofs as well as personal knowledge of individual’s residence by the Board Clerk or Election Inspectors may also be acceptable:

  • Government Issued ID such as:
    Driver’s License with physical address
    Learner’s Permit with physical address
    Real ID with physical address
    Non-Driver ID with physical address
    Enhanced Driver License with physical address

  • Other “government” documentation such as:
    NYS tax return with physical address
    Federal tax return with physical address
    Star Exemption/Credit Basic or Enhanced

  • Bank statement with physical address

  • Paycheck/paystub with physical address

  • Property deed or lease with individuals name and at least one of the following:
    Utility bills from winter months
    Car registration or
    Insurance card

Common Mistakes when Completing Absentee Ballots
Below is a list of common mistakes that voters make as it relates to the completion of Absentee Ballots

  1. Failure to provide residency documentation prior to the vote altogether.

  2. Failure to sign ballot envelope.

  3. Failure to follow the required procedures for the submission of absentee ballot.

  4. Ballot was completed but not placed in absentee ballot envelope.

  5. No name printed on front of the absentee ballot envelope, and had illegible signature that could not be matched with voter list.

  6. Driver’s license showed that individual resided in another district.

  7. STAR tax form did not matchup with residency documentation provided.

  8. Extrinsic papers were included inside the folded ballot.

  9. Ballots had additional writing on it that contradicted the voter’s selection on the ballot.

  10. Ballots and/or envelopes were torn or otherwise damaged.

  11. Ballots and/or envelopes had erasures or contradictory markings on it, where deciphering choice of voter was impossible.

  12. Signature on ballot and/or envelope did not match up with signature on voter registration list.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the District Clerk at 518-325-2891.