Important announcement from the New Paltz Central School District about the return of absentee ballots
Ballots must be returned by 5 PM June 9 deadline and per the Governor’s executive order, ballots received after 5 PM on June 9 are not valid. In response, the district is placing locked ballot boxes as each of our four school buildings. Voters are encouraged to return ballots to the provided lock boxes at one of these locations
Ballots for June 9 Election and Budget Vote to be mailed on June 3
Governor Cuomo has ordered that all New York State school district budget votes and the election of members to the Board of Education be conducted by absentee ballot only.
The New Paltz Central School District and many other districts throughout the state have been working with a third-party company, NTS Data, to print and mail these absentee ballots to registered voters. On Friday, NTS Data informed the District that a mass supply-chain envelope shortage is delaying ballot mailing in dozens of districts, including New Paltz. They anticipate that ballots will not be mailed until Wednesday, June 3.
Given this delay in mailing ballots to voters, along with possible pandemic-related postal system delays, there is concern that there is not sufficient time for mailed ballots to be returned by the 5 PM June 9 deadline. In response, the district is placing locked ballot boxes at each of our four school buildings. The boxes will be monitored by security cameras to safeguard ballots and ensure the integrity of the vote.
The locked ballot boxes will be set up by 5 PM on Thursday, June 4, and will remain in place through Tuesday, June 9 at 5 PM. Per the Governor’s executive order, ballots received after 5 PM on June 9 are not valid. Therefore, voters are encouraged to return ballots to the provided lock boxes at one of these locations.
As a reminder, any qualified voter is entitled to vote via absentee ballot. Registered voters of the District will automatically receive Absentee Ballots by mail. Qualified unregistered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing the Request for Absentee Ballot Form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. To allow enough time to receive you ballot by mail, please returned this form by June 2, 2020.
To look up whether you are a registered voter, click on this link: https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/
For more information regarding the 2020-2021 Budget Vote and Board Election, please visit www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/Page/12662
If you have any questions, please contact the District Clerk, Sandra Ermo, at 845-256-4020 or email her at email@example.com