School budget vote/board election absentee ballots mailed; all ballots can be returned by mail or to a district drop-off ballot box by June 9

TAbsentee ballot sampleoday, May 26, absentee ballots are being mailed out to all registered voters in the Minisink Valley School District for the 2020-21 school budget vote/board election.

As a reminder, Gov. Cuomo’s May 1 executive order states school board elections and budget votes statewide will be held by absentee ballot and tallied on June 9.

To facilitate the return of ballots:

Residents can return their absentee ballots by mail in the postage paid envelope provided. Please allow for adequate mailing time.

photo showing absentee ballot box

They can also drop-off ballots in a secure box to the district clerk’s office on the Route 6 campus in the back of the Intermediate School on these dates:

June 3, 5 and 8 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

● June 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reminder: Deadline for receipt by mail is 5 p.m. on June 9. There are no exceptions.

What is the process for receiving and securing the absentee ballots?
When ballots are received at the district via U.S. Postal Service,  Business Office employees  will put them in a locked ballot box.  The district also has various days/times that ballots can be hand delivered, as noted above.  Community members can drop their ballots off during those days/hours through the district clerk’s office window into a locked box.  All ballots will be relocated into a locked filing cabinet in that office on a daily basis where they will remain until June 9. 

On June 9, the filing cabinet will be brought to the gym in the Intermediate School where there will be several employees prepared to begin the count at 5 p.m, sharp.  There will also be two security aides on duty during counting.   

Thank you.