School budget votes and board of education elections are usually held the third Tuesday in May each year, with polls open in the Duanesburg Elementary School lobby from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., unless changed by executive order of the governor. At other times during the school year, votes may be held when they are legally required, such as for borrowing to fund capital improvements or to gauge community sentiment on an important issue.
Board of Education elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools.
Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members receive no salaries or other compensation.
Two or three seats on the board are up for election every year. Voting on candidates for board membership takes place during the Annual Election of the School District (Budget Vote) in May.
Board nomination petitions become available each March for that year’s election at the district office. To obtain a petition, please call (518) 895-2279. Each nominating petition must contain a minimum of 25 valid signatures and must be returned to the district office 30 days prior to the school district’s Annual Meeting (Budget Vote).
To vote, you must be at least 18 years old or older on election day, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the Duanesburg Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be registered to vote.
Upon request, absentee ballots will be issued to residents who are unable to vote in person on the designated voting day for specific reasons such as illness, disability, or out of town. You must first complete an application to receive an absentee ballot.
To obtain an application:
- Download and complete an Application for Absentee Ballot
- Pick one up at the Central Office at 133 School Drive in Delanson between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays
- Call the district clerk at (518) 895-2279 to have one mailed to you.
If you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by the district clerk at least one week before the vote date. If you plan to pick up your ballot, your application must be received by the day before the vote.
Completed absentee ballots must be received the District Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. on the day of the vote.