Governor Cuomo Designates June 9, 2020 as This Year's Budget/BOE Member Vote Date, To Be Held by Absentee Ballot
On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.26 which modifies the rules under which school districts are to conduct the 2020 annual meeting for the election of school board members and budget votes. The following are some of the changes and a revised election timeline based on the modified rules. Additional information will be forthcoming after anticipated clarification is provided to us.
Statewide Uniform Voting Date
- School board elections and budget votes originally scheduled for May 19, 2020 will now take place on June 9, 2020.
- The manner for providing public notice of the annual meeting via newspaper remains unchanged, except that the number of required publications has been reduced from four to two.
- The first notice must be no later than 28 days before the election, and will include notice for an adjourned budget hearing.
- School districts must send out a postcard notice which details the date of the election, date of the budget hearing, and a definition of qualified voter.
Manner of Voting
- The annual meeting for the election of school board members and budget votes will take place remotely, with qualified voters voting only by absentee ballot.
- School districts must send out an absentee ballot, with a postage paid return envelope, to all qualified voters (i.e. those who are duly registered voters in school districts that have adopted a personal voter registration system, such the Rhinebeck Central School District).
- Absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk of the Board at the Rhinebeck Central School District Office no later than 5:00 pm on June 9, 2020.
- School districts must submit their report card to the State Education Department no later than May 22, 2020 (18 days prior to June 9).
- The Department must make its compilation available electronically, at least by June 2, 2020 (7 days prior to June 9).
School Board Elections
- There will be no minimum threshold number of signatures required for individuals to be placed on the ballot, except that they must meet all other requirements, including applicable residency and age.
- Candidates will be listed on the ballot alphabetically.
- May 11, 2020 is the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions (available on the school district website) with Whitney Druker, Clerk of the Board of Education, via US Mail or e-mail at [email protected]