In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Executive Order No. 202.26 establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to the vote date of June 9. The actions include sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters.
Qualified voter definition
Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older 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 4 calendar years.
Voter registration: by mail or remotely
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no personal voter registration
held at school district offices 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: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application
Budget development and notifications
Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a remote budget hearing, and mail a budget notice to all residents after the hearing. This procedure is no different than previous years except for the hearing being held remotely.
Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send out a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter.
Florida UFSD’s administrators will continue to review the details of the executive order and will share more information, including the date of the public budget hearing, as soon as possible.
Board of Education election: candidate requirements and nominating process
The Governor’s order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election.
Candidates to the Board of Education of the Florida Union Free School District must meet the following requirements:
- Be able to read and write
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Be at least 18 years of age by June 9, 2020
- Not be excluded from voting pursuant to Election Law, §5-106
- Have resided in the Florida UFSD for a period of one year immediately preceding the election.
To be considered as a candidate to the Florida UFSD Board of Education, individuals may be nominated or self-nominated by petition directed to the District Clerk stating the name and residence address of the candidate and that he or she be qualified to be a member of the Board of Education.
Each petition shall be filed in the Office of the Clerk at, or by no-later-than Monday, May 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. at 51 North Main Street, Florida, NY 10921. Click here to download the nominating petition form.