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

School Budget & Board Election Vote on June 9, 2020

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

There will be no in-person voting this year.

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, and are registered to vote with Albany County Board of Elections or the school district. Qualified voters who are already registered to vote will automatically receive an absentee ballot.


Important budget development dates

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

  • Monday, May 18, 2020: The Board of Education adopts a proposed school district budget for 2020-21.  Watch the recording of the May 18 meeting.
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Annual Budget Hearing.  Watch the recording of the May 26 meeting.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election by absentee ballot only. Must be returned to the district no later than 5:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, June 10-12, 2020: Budget Vote and Election Results (manual counting). The date of the final results depends on the number of ballots received. Live-streamed on YouTube.

Find more 2020-21 budget development dates and information here.


Voting on June 9, by absentee ballot

Governor Cuomo’s executive order established that this year’s budget vote and election would take place exclusively by absentee ballot in June, instead of the traditional mid-May date. 

Instead of heading to the polls, qualified voters will need to check their mailbox for an absentee ballot, follow the directions to fill out their ballot and return it to the school district no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020. 

Who is a qualified voter?

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, and are registered to vote with Albany County Board of Elections or the school district. Qualified voters who are already registered to vote will automatically receive an absentee ballot.

How do I know if I’m registered to vote?

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Check to see if you are registered to vote here

How do I register to vote?

If you are not registered to vote, you may only do so with the Albany County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles at: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application  

When can I expect to receive my ballot?

An absentee ballot will be mailed to all qualified voters on or around May 27, 2020. Please note that the turnaround time for submitting a ballot will, in most cases, be a short window of time.  It is important that when you receive your ballot, you fill it out and return as soon as possible. Don’t forget, for your vote to count, you must sign the provided ballot envelope and return in the postage-paid envelope.

What if I was expecting a ballot and did not get one?

An absentee ballot will be mailed to all qualified voters on or around May 27, 2020. If you do not receive your ballot shortly thereafter, please first confirm you are registered to vote. You can confirm you are registered to vote here.

If you did not receive a ballot and have confirmed you are registered to vote, you have up to seven days before the June 9 vote to request a ballot to be mailed to you. Please send your request to Linda Livingston at Livingstonl@guilderlandschools.net

Please include the following information in your email: 

  • Full name
  • Address
  • City, State, ZIP
  • Contact phone and/or email address

I got my absentee ballot. Now what? 

Once you receive your ballot, carefully read and follow the directions. Sign and date the envelope where indicated. If your envelope is unsigned, your vote can not be counted.

Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by the district no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020, in order to be counted.

How do I return my ballot?

All absentee ballots will include a prepaid return envelope so residents can mail their ballots. Completed ballots must be received by the district no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

There will also be a secure drop box that will be available at the GCSD district offices for those wishing to drop off their ballot between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays prior to June 9.

For your vote to count, you must follow the directions and sign the provided ballot envelope and return in the postage-paid envelope.

Can I drop off my ballot in person?

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, no one will be able to accept ballots in person. A ballot drop box is available at the GCSD District Offices on the high school campus at the West Drive entrance. What you need to know:

  • Prior to Tuesday, June 9, you can drop your ballot off between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. On Tuesday, June 9, you can drop off your ballot between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Please follow the signs to ring the bell for someone to let you enter the inside door to the location of the dropbox.
  • Entering the second set of doors into the district offices is prohibited.
  • For your vote to count, you must follow the directions and sign the provided ballot envelope and return in the postage-paid envelope.

 

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