Voting Information (June 2020)

(UPDATE June 7, 2020)

Governor Cuomo announced an Executive Order extending the deadline for the receipt of school district absentee ballots. To be counted, school budget ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5 p.m. on June 9 (see below for ballot drop off information) and received by the school district by mail through June 16. As stated in the Executive Order, ballots cannot be accepted after 5 p.m. on June 9 except those received by mail. Ballots cannot be opened and counted until after 5 p.m. on June 16.

(UPDATE May 29, 2020)

The company we (and many school districts) are working with to mail absentee ballots informed us today that ballots were delayed due to supply shortages. Governor Cuomo, by Executive Order, is requiring all school districts to conduct their annual budget vote and Board of Education elections by absentee ballot only due to COVID-19. Qualified voters should receive absentee ballots and prepaid return envelopes in the mail next week.

These ballots must be received by the District no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. If returning your ballot in the mail, be sure to allow sufficient time for delivery by the post office (2-5 days).

Voters will also be allowed to drop off completed absentee ballots at the District Office to ensure their ballots are received by the June 9 deadline (by 5 p.m.). If you are unable to mail your completed ballot, you can drop off your ballot at the District Office (424 Main St, Cairo) on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, June 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are physically unable to come to the District Office to submit your ballot, you may ask another individual to submit your ballot on your behalf (just make sure you seal and sign the ballot envelope).

Your ballot will be kept in a lockbox until the day of the vote (June 9). Please be reminded that the ballot envelope must be sealed and signed for the vote to be counted.

If you have questions about absentee ballots, please contact the Board Clerk at bragostinoni@cairodurham.org or 518-622-8534 (ext. 25010).

How to Complete an Absentee Ballot

The absentee ballot, and filling out the absentee ballot return envelope, is probably new for most of our residents. New York State law requires you to include your name, address and signature on the outside of the return envelope. The envelope must be signed for the vote to be counted.

How We Process & Count Absentee Ballots

You may have questions about how we process absentee ballots, particularly how we ensure voter anonymity when voters must include their name, address and signature.

We can ensure voter anonymity through a two-step process as required by law. First, prior to the ballot envelope being opened, specific Election Inspectors compare the voter’s name and address on the envelope to our registered voter roll to confirm that only residents of the District are voting. The same Election Inspectors make sure the envelope is signed to ensure that no one other than you used your ballot to cast a vote.

Once this information has been certified by the Election Inspectors, the ballot envelope is opened and the ballot, without being unfolded, is immediately separated from the return envelope. The folded ballot is passed to a different set of Election Inspectors whose sole job is to record the votes as presented on the ballot (which does not include any personally identifiable information).

If you have questions about absentee ballots, please contact the Board Clerk at bragostinoni@cairodurham.org or 518-622-8534 (ext. 25010).


(ORIGINAL POST)

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.26, the Budget Vote and School Board Election for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only.

Qualified voters who are registered to vote in Cairo-Durham Central School District elections and those registered who have voted in any School District election/vote during the past four (4) calendar years of this School District will automatically receive Absentee Ballots by mail. A qualified voter who does not receive an absentee ballot must request one from the School District by submitting a completed absentee ballot request form (PDF) to the Board Clerk (at bragostinoni@cairodurham.org or the District Office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

To be a qualified voter you must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, a School District resident for 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and not otherwise unable to register for or vote at an election in accordance with the provisions of Section 5-106 of the election law.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no personal voter registration held at school district offices prior to the June 9, 2020 vote.

If you are not registered to vote, you can register with the County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website

Submitting Completed Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots must be completed in blue or black ink only. Please remember to follow the instructions and sign the ballot envelope before returning it to the district. 

A postage paid return envelope will be included when you receive an absentee ballot. A completed absentee ballot must reach the office of the District Clerk by mail no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (the day of the budget vote & election). Be sure to allow sufficient time for delivery by the post office (2-5 days). If you are unable to mail your completed ballot, you can drop off your ballot at the District Office (424 Main St, Cairo) any day during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9). Your ballot will be kept in a lockbox until the day of the vote (June 9).