FAQ's on Absentee Ballot Vote
Budget Vote and BOE Election
BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
The vote will be held on June 9, 2020 by absentee ballot.
A self-addressed and pre-paid postage will be mailed to every eligible voter of the district.
Voter qualifications are thus: United States citizen; 18 years of age or older; and a permanent resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the vote.
In order to vote, an individual must be registered with either the school district or with Dutchess/Columbia County Board of Elections (depending on County of residence)
Any qualified resident may register to vote in this year’s election online until May 21, 2020.
Register to vote by mail with the Board of Elections:
Dutchess County Board of Elections – (845) 486-2473
Columbia County Board of Elections – (518) 828-3115
By submitting an on-line application for voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles at https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.
Notice is also given that personal registration of voters is required pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law. Any qualified voter may register to vote for the Annual School District Election and Vote at the District Office as described above. The register for said Annual School District Election and Vote shall include all persons who shall have presented themselves personally for registration and shall also include all persons who shall have been previously registered for and have voted at any annual or special school district election or vote held or conducted during the 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019 calendar years. A resident who is registered with the Dutchess or Columbia County Board of Elections is also qualified to vote. Voter qualifications are thus: must be a United States citizen; 18 years of age or older; and a permanent resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the vote.
In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.26, the Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only. Qualified voters of the Pine Plains Central School District will receive absentee ballots by mail.
To be a qualified voter you must be a US 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.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be NO personal voter registration held at the school district office prior to the June 9, 2020 vote.
If you are not registered, you can register with the County Board of Elections by mail, or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website at:
If you have any questions, please contact Julia W. Tomaine, District Clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 518-398-7181, ext. 1408.
MILITARY VOTER REGISTRATION AND BALLOTS
Military voters may apply to register as a qualified voter of the school district and/or submit an application for a military ballot. Military voters may designate a preference to receive a military voter registration, military ballot application or military ballot by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail in their request for such registration, ballot application or ballot. Military voter registration application forms and ballot applications must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by mail by no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2020. No military ballot will be canvassed unless it is returned by mail and received in the office of the District by no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day.
PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Pine Plains Central School District will hold a public hearing on the budget via teleconferencing, on May 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of presentation of the 2020-2021 budget. Any questions can be emailed to the District Clerk at email@example.com. The Public Hearing can be viewed at this address:
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education of the Pine Plains Central School District may contact the District Clerk for a self-nomination form.
There are two seats available; two are for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2020 and expiring June 30, 2023. The Board member election will be held on June 9, 2020 , the same date / time as the District’s vote on the 2020-2021 school budget.
Candidates for the office of Member of the Board of Education may be nominated or self-nominated by petition directed to the District Clerk stating the name and residence of the candidate and that he or she meets the qualifications to be a member of the Board of Education. There is no minimum signature requirement for the nominating petition. Each petition shall be filed by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ), fax or mail in to the Office of the Clerk by not later than Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please contact the District Clerk at (518) 398-7181 x1408 or by email ( email@example.com ). The names of the candidates will appear in alphabetical order by the candidate’s surname.
Board of Education member qualifications are as follows:
- Must be able to read and write.
- Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be incompetent.
- Must be and have been a resident of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately preceding the election.
- May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
- May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
- May not be a current employee of the school district.
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
If you have any questions, about the vote or the voting process, please contact Julia Tomaine, District Clerk at (518) 398-7181 Ext. 1408. The official “Notice of the Pine Plains Central School District Public Hearing on the Budget, Annual Meeting, School District Election and Voting on Propositions” will be published in the official newspapers of the district and posted on the website.