Budget Vote 2020-21: Absentee ballots to be mailed to qualified voters
Please note that voting for the 2020-21 school year budget will take place exclusively by absentee ballot as per executive order of Gov. Cuomo because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
Absentee ballots are available to registered voters who will not be in the district on the day of the budget vote for specific reasons:
- Unable to vote in person because of illness.
- Planning to be out of the area on vacation or business.
- Confined to prison due to conviction of an offense other than a felony.
- Accompanying a spouse, parent or child of the same residence who can’t come to the polls for one of the above reasons.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
Please be aware that there is a two-step process to receive an absentee ballot.
- Fill out an application for an absentee ballot to confirm why you will not be able to vote in person.
- Fill out the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote.
STEP ONE – Fill out the application for an absentee ballot
First, you must fill out an application for an absentee ballot to confirm the reason why you will not be able to vote in person. There are three ways to fill out the application:
- You can download and print the application for an absentee ballot. (applications will be posted in the spring)
- You can call the district clerk at 615-6720 and ask to have it mailed to you.
- You can visit the district clerk to fill it out in person at the Main Street Building, 227 Main Street in Goshen.
When are applications for absentee ballots due?
An absentee ballot application must be submitted at least seven days before the budget vote. After the district clerk receives your application for an absentee ballot, you will be given the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote.
STEP TWO – Fill out the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote
After you fill out and submit the application for an absentee ballot to the district clerk, you will receive the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote. The absentee ballot must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. on the day of the budget vote.
It is important to remember that if you want your absentee ballot mailed to you, all applications for absentee ballots MUST be received by the district clerk at least seven days prior to the vote. We are governed by law and there is no exception to this rule. If you plan on having it mailed to you, be sure to give yourself extra time when making the request to the district clerk, so that you have enough time to fill it out and get it back to the district clerk seven days before the vote.
A suggestion is to visit the district clerk at the Main Street Building in person to fill out the application and receive your absentee ballot at that time. This will avoid having to worry about meeting mailing deadlines.
By understanding the two-step process of absentee ballots, all of our registered voters will be able to cast their vote during the annual District Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections. For information, contact District Clerk Maureen Farrell at 615-6720.
Remember: All absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on the day of the vote.