School budget votes and board of education elections take place annually on the third Tuesday in May. This year, however, voting on the 2020-21 budget will take place on June 9 by mail-in vote only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no live polling sites.
Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years of age or older and a resident of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the date of the vote is eligible to cast a ballot in the budget vote. But first you must be registered. Those who are registered for the general elections are automatically registered for school votes.
For any questions on how to register to vote, contact District Clerk Denise Robinson at (518) 872-2030.
Can’t get to the polls on budget vote day?
You can still vote using an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will be issued, upon request, to residents of the school district who will be out of town or unable to vote in person due to illness or disability. To vote via absentee ballot, district residents must first complete and sign an absentee ballot application. Applications for absentee ballots are available at the elementary school.
If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the district clerk must receive the completed application no later than 3 p.m. 7 days before vote day and election day. Applications for an absentee ballot that are delivered in person will be accepted until 5 p.m. the day before vote day. All absentee ballots must be returned to District Clerk Denise Robinson no later than 5 p.m. on vote day.
Parking on Vote Day
The back parking lot between the secondary and elementary schools will be cleared for voters. Please park in this lot for easy access to the polls, which will be in the high school auditorium.
Polls are open on vote day from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Votes will be counted after that time and immediately announced on the district’s website.