In an executive order issued Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place on June 9, 2020, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
There is no in-person voting this year.
Residents to receive a special postcard
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with:
- the date of the election,
- the date of the budget hearing
- and the definition of a qualified voter.
Absentee ballots to be mailed to qualified voters
Absentee ballots and a postage paid return envelope will be mailed by the district to every qualified voter. To be a qualified voter, you must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, a School District resident for 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and registered to vote in School District elections and having voted in any School District election/vote during the past four calendar years.
No in-person voter registration this year
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, you can do so with the County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Budget Hearing to be held remotely
Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget newsletter/required notice to all residents after the budget hearing. This procedure is no different than other years, except for the hearing being held remotely. The district will host the budget hearing on June 1 (more details to follow).
Absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the election
Please be sure to carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot. After marking your ballot, seal it in the provided paid return envelope addressed to the District Clerk of the Goshen Central School District. Ballots may be mailed or placed in a designated drop box at the District Office, 227 Main Street, between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Your absentee ballot must be received by that office no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election, June 9, 2020.