Ballot deadlines for annual school budget vote, BOE election

On June 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the deadline for receipt of mailed-in (only) absentee ballots for the 2020 school budget and Board of Education vote. To be counted, school budget ballots can be accepted by mail or hand delivery through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 and received by mail (only) by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 by the school district. This means that ballots delivered by hand to the district’s dropbox must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9, and ballots mailed to the district must be received by 5 p.m. on June 16.

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order Executive Order No. 202.39:

“Sections 2018-a and 2018-b of the Education Law, to the extent necessary to allow any absentee ballot for an election held on June 9, 2020 and received by mail in the office of the clerk of the school district or designee of the trustees or school board not later than June 16, 2020 to be canvassed for such election.  No ballots for such election shall be accepted by the clerk of the school district or designee of the trustees or school board after 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 except those received by mail in accordance with this provision. Any receptacle used for hand delivery of absentee ballots in such election shall be closed and removed at 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020; The ballots therein shall remain unopened pending delivery of mailed ballots, and shall be removed and canvassed after 5 p.m. on June 16, 2020.”