School votes: Cuomo adjusts due dates for ballots to be accepted by mail

Jun 7, 2020 by

ALBANY – Votes for school boards and school budgets can be hand delivered by 5 p.m. Tuesday or received in the mail by June 16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.

Cuomo said he will issue an executive order that provides voters and school districts more flexibility as they hold elections for school boards and budgets solely by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes as some districts across the state have struggled to get the ballots printed and out to property owners in the mail in a timely manner in advance of Tuesday’s elections.

The decision is good news for schools who have been worried about giving voters enough time to fill out their ballots and have them counted.

The state’s roughly 700 school districts by law hold budget and board elections on the third Tuesday of May. But the coronavirus delayed the vote until Tuesday.

Separately, Cuomo on Sunday signed legislation to extend the deadline to submit absentee ballots until the day of the state’s primary elections, June 23.

Now voters can have their primary ballots postmarked by June 23.

Cuomo had previously issued an executive order to allow New Yorkers to vote absentee in the primaries, “ensuring every New Yorker registered to vote receives a postage-paid absentee ballot application in the mail.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world, and while we are making great progress and the numbers keep going down, no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Cuomo said in a statement

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