- Green Island UFSD
5.7.20 - School budget vote scheduled for June 9, absentee ballot only
School budget vote scheduled for June 9, absentee ballot only
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on May 1 announcing that the 2020-21 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 who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Qualified voters on the last 4 years’ poll lists will be automatically sent an absentee ballot. Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but does not believe they will be on the school district’s poll list (which includes names of residents who voted in the last four years’ school elections), please contact District Clerk Angela Legault by phone at 518-273-1422 ex. 9 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 school election.
Following budget adoption on May 19, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing on May 27 (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.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.