Why is this year’s budget vote different?
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s budget vote and board of election would take place exclusively by absentee ballot because of the coronavirus public health crisis.
Instead of heading to the polls, voters will check their mailbox for an absentee ballot, fill out their ballot and return it to the school district by 5 p.m. June 16.
When will I receive my absentee ballot?
The Liberty Central School District sent absentee ballots to all qualified voters on May 22. If you are a qualified voter and do not receive a ballot, email District Clerk Tania DeFrank at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-292-6990 as soon as possible.
I got my ballot. Now what?
Once you receive your ballot, carefully read and follow the directions. Sign and date the envelope where indicated. If your envelope is unsigned, your vote will not be counted.
Fill out and return your ballot as soon as possible after you receive it. Ballots may be returned by mail by using the enclosed prepaid return envelope.
Completed ballots will be accepted at the district office in person 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Monday, June 8 and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.
Mailed ballots will be accepted until June 16.
I made a mistake. Can I get a new ballot?
If you tear, deface or wrongly mark your ballot,email District Clerk Tania DeFrank at email@example.com or call 845-292-6990 immediately for instructions on how to obtain a new ballot.
Why do I have to sign my name on the envelope?
Just as voters are asked to sign a register when they vote in person, voters using absentee ballots are asked to provide a signature. This signature constitutes an affidavit — you are attesting to your identity as a voter who is qualified to cast a ballot in this election. This information is recorded on the district’s voter rolls — a list of names of all the people who cast ballots.
Is my vote confidential?
Yes. While your name will be registered on the district’s voter rolls, your ballot will be separated from the envelope that bears your name, return address, or other personally identifiable information before the envelope holding your ballot is opened.
The district has prepared, sent out and counted absentee ballots to qualified voters for many years, and will follow that same procedure this year, only on a larger scale.
Is the count open to the public?
The budget vote is an official public meeting of the district, and as such, it is open to the public (virtually only) and will be live-streamed. Details will be provided as the date nears.
How can my vote be confidential if the count is public?
Since ballots are separated from personally identifiable information before they are counted, the public counting process is anonymous. No one viewing the counting of ballots will be able to match a voter’s personally identifiable information with their specific ballot.
When will the results become available?
The counting process will begin at 5 p.m. June 16, when polls close. The District Clerk will read the results as soon as possible on the evening of June 16.
What if I have questions?
Email District Clerk Tania DeFrank at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-292-6990.