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Uncertainty surrounds annual school board elections, budget votes

Apr 28, 2020 1:45 pm
Jeanette Wolfberg is reporting for The Columbia Paper the state Board of Elections April 27, canceled New York’s Democratic presidential primary, and announced the primaries for federal and state legislators will still be held June 23. But it is still unknown when school districts will hold their annual budget vote and school board elections. Traditionally, those elections happen on the second Tuesday of May, but school officials are awaiting a decision by the state on a new date before the start of the new school year, which begins July 1. School districts must send out legal notices 45 to 49 days ahead of the vote, said Leslie Coons, clerk of the Hudson City School Board. But because the state has not yet designated an statewide election date, no legal notices can be issued. Given the legal requirement, the earliest date possible for the elections would be in mid-June. Districts were just beginning to accept ballot petitions from school board candidates at the time of the shutdown, but additional petitions cannot be accepted until an election date is chosen. The form that school elections will take this yer is also uncertain. Hudson and other districts had planned to conduct voting at polling stations using paper ballots. Coons raised the possibility that school elections could be “all absentee.” She wondered whether ballots would have to mailed to all 11,000 registered voters within the Hudson City School District. She also warned that the situation is volatile, and directions can change. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.