Dear North Colonie Community,
I want to share some important updates with you about absentee ballots for the school budget vote and Board of Education election.
Ballots are delayed
We understand that you may not have received a ballot and you may be wondering when it will arrive. Despite the district meeting all deadlines for providing required information, unanticipated delays occurred beyond the district’s control in the outside vendor’s production and delivery of the ballots. You have been mailed a ballot if you voted on a school district matter within the past five years. All ballots should be received by the end of the day Saturday, June 6.
Please note that this issue is not specific to North Colonie and is affecting a number of schools in our region and throughout the state.
Per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, all ballots must be received by the district by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
As we want to ensure that each ballot is received in a timely manner, we have come up with additional solutions to make voting as accessible as possible for our community members:
If you are a qualified voter of the district and have not received a ballot by June 6, we have arranged for in-person ballot pick-up:
- If you do not receive your ballot by the end of the day on June 6, individuals can come to Goodrich (District Office) at 91 Fiddlers Lane on Sunday, June 7; Monday, June 8 or Tuesday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pick up a ballot and vote.
- Individuals will be required to show proof of residency in the district (i.e. driver’s license, lease, utility bill with current address, etc.).
If you have received a ballot in the mail by June 6, but are worried that it won’t be received by the district via mail by 5 p.m. on June 9, we have added receptacles clearly identified as ballot boxes available at all schools:
- Ballot boxes will be at the front entrance of Blue Creek, Boght Hills, Forts Ferry, Latham Ridge, Loudonville, Southgate, Shaker Junior High and Shaker Senior High as well as at Goodrich School (District Office) and Maplewood School.
- Individuals can drop their ballots in any of these boxes beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 6 up through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
For information about the proposed 2020-21 school budget, please visit the budget page. Additional information about the budget can be found in this year’s budget newsletter which you should have already received.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. If you have any questions, please reach out to the district clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (518) 785-8591, ext. 3126.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools