2021 School Budget Vote: Absentee Ballot Questions

This page is designed for Middleburgh Central School District voters who are looking for answers about absentee voting. It will explain:

  • how and when they should request an absentee ballot application
  • how and when they can obtain their application
  • how and when they should return their completed ballot

Will absentee ballots be mailed to all registered voters? 

  • No, they will not be mailed to all registered voters as they were for last year’s unprecedented school budget vote.
  • Qualified voters who need to vote by absentee ballot must submit an application. 

Who can request an absentee ballot? 

  • Qualified voters can request an absentee ballot if they will not be able to vote in person due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration (unless incarcerated for a felony), travel outside the voter’s county or city of residence for employment or business reasons, studies, or vacation on the day of election.
  • Being uncomfortable voting in person due to the threat of COVID-19, is also a qualifying factor to vote by absentee ballot this year.  

How can I request an absentee ballot? 

  • To vote by absentee ballot, you must fill out this application and return it to the office of the district clerk.
  • Mail application: PO Box 606 Middleburgh, NY 12122.
  • Drop off or pick up application in person: 291 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122.

When should I submit my absentee ballot application? 

  • Applications may not be submitted before April 18, more than 30 days prior to the election.
  • If you would like your absentee ballot mailed to you, you must submit your application by May 11, at least seven days before the vote.
  • If you want to pick your ballot up from the district, you must submit your application by May 17, one day before the vote.

Voters who wish to cast a ballot for the May 18 school budget and board election vote via absentee ballot are encouraged to submit their application as soon as they have filled it out. 

I received my absentee ballot. Now what? 

  • Carefully read and follow the directions for filling out the ballot.
  • Then, sign and date the envelope where indicated.
  • If your envelope is unsigned, your vote can not be, legally, counted.
  • Watch this video for a step by step guide of the process. 

I made a mistake. Can I get a new ballot? 

  • If you tear, deface or wrongly mark your ballot, contact the district clerk at 518-827-3625 immediately for instructions on how to obtain a new ballot.

How should I send my ballot back to the school district? 

  • Ballots may be returned by mail or in person to the district office.
  • By mail: PO Box 606 Middleburgh, NY 12122.
  • In person: 291 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY 12122.
  • If your ballot does not arrive by 5PM on May 18, it will not be counted.

We encourage voters to review the district’s budget newsletter before casting your ballot; it will be mailed out to residents on Thursday, May 6. 

What happens when the district receives my ballot? 

  • The district will collect and hold onto all the ballots until the day of the vote.
  • Ballots will be separated from the envelope that bears your name, return address, or other personally identifiable information before they are counted.

Why do I have to sign my name on the envelope?

  • Just as voters are asked to sign a register when they vote in person, voters using absentee ballots are asked to provide a signature.
  • This signature constitutes an affidavit — you are attesting to your identity as a voter who is qualified to cast a ballot in this election.
  • This information is recorded on the district’s voter rolls — a list of names of all the people who cast ballots.  

Is my vote still confidential?

  • Yes.
  • While your name will be registered on the district’s voter rolls, your ballot will be separated from the envelope that bears your name, return address, or other personally identifiable information before the envelope holding your ballot is opened. 

How can my vote be confidential if the count is open to the public?  

  • Since ballots are separated from personally identifiable information before they are counted, the public counting process is anonymous.
  • No one viewing the counting of ballots will be able to match a voter’s personally identifiable information with their specific ballot. 

Whom do I contact if I have any additional questions? 

  • Please contact District Clerk, Kim Lawyer at 518-827-3625.