• Dear Poughkeepsie City School District Community,

    The District Clerk was informed that the election contractor used by the district inadvertently included some Hudson City School District self-addressed envelopes in the PCSD ballot packets. At this juncture, if you have one and can drop it off instead of mailing it, drop boxes will be in front of Columbus School, 18 South Perry Street from 8 AM – 5 PM on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

    Also, due to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.39, our Annual District Meeting and Election will be canceled for June 9, 2020, and scheduled for June 16, 2020.

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    Poughkeepsie City School District Important School Election and Budget Vote

    June 8, 2020 - In accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.39, ballots may be delivered by hand to the District Office at 18 South Perry Street until 5 PM tomorrow, June 9.  Ballots may continue to be mailed and will be accepted by mail until 5 PM on June 16.  The “closing of the polls” will occur at 5 PM on June 16, at which time, election inspectors will begin counting ballots.  Ballots that are postmarked on or prior to June 16 but not received by 5 PM on June 16 cannot be counted.

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    Poughkeepsie City School District Important School Election and Budget Vote Update #2

    June 7, 2020 - We are pleased to inform the community that Governor Cuomo has announced that he will be issuing an executive order that extends the deadline for the submission of ballots for the school district election and budget vote. We will be sure to share more details as soon as the executive order is available.

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    Poughkeepsie City School District Important School Election and Budget Vote Update

    June 7, 2020 - The Poughkeepsie City School District has been carefully monitoring the status of the delivery of ballots for our school district election and budget vote. As the District reported last week, a number of districts throughout New York State, including the PCSD, have been adversely impacted by delays in printing and mailing ballots by an outside contractor, NTS. As of today, Sunday, June 7, 2020, the PCSD has been informed that the ballots are in the mail and on their way to the homes of Poughkeepsie voters. However, we are disappointed to report that ballots still have not been delivered to the homes of Poughkeepsie voters. At the current time, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26, all ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk by 5 PM by this Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in order to be counted. This timeline is completely unacceptable, given the delay in the delivery of the PCSD’s ballots. There is a bill pending in the New York State Legislature that would extend the deadline for submission of the ballots for one more week, until June 16, 2020. Additionally, the New York State School Boards Association has advised the PCSD that Governor Cuomo may issue an additional executive order to extend the deadline for the submission of ballots, due to the number of districts around the state that are being impacted by the NTS delay. The District is hopeful that the Legislature or the Governor will act swiftly to remedy this situation, to ensure that no Poughkeepsie voters are prevented from exercising their right to vote in the school election and budget vote. We are monitoring this situation very closely and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

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    Poughkeepsie City School District Important School Election and Budget Vote Update

    June 5, 2020 - Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26 requires that this year’s annual budget vote and board member election be held via absentee ballot only.  The District contracted with NTS to print and mail absentee ballots to all eligible voters in the District. On Friday, May 29th, the District was notified that NTS was experiencing a major supply issue.  As a result, the absentee ballots for many districts, including Poughkeepsie City School District, were delayed.  The District has been advised by NTS that ballots were mailed to voters on June 3, 2020.  

    A voter may return his/her completed ballot to the District by either of the following methods:

    1. mailing the completed ballot in the postage-paid return envelope; or 
    2. hand-delivering the ballot to the District’s Columbus School at 18 South Perry Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, during one of the following drop-off times:

    MONDAY – JUNE 8, 2020 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    TUESDAY – JUNE 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    *Please note that ballots must be received by the District Clerk by 5:00 pm on June 9, 2020.  Ballots that are not received by the District Clerk by this deadline cannot be counted.*

    Click here for Budget Information and Presentations

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    As of Monday, June 1, the Poughkeepsie City School District has been unable to mail ballots for the annual school district election to our voters due unforeseen delays by NTS Data, the company that the District engaged to print and mail the District’s ballots. School districts throughout the state have been having similar issues due to supply shortages. On Friday, May 29, the District received the following information from NTS Data:

    “There is a significant supply issue with envelopes, very similar to what happened with toilet paper and hand sanitizer in recent months but on a commercial level.  We were set to receive a delivery of millions of envelopes prior to the Memorial Day weekend that did not show up.  We had prepared by printing all the components of the absentee ballot packs we had in stock including ballots for every school district. When the delayed trucks arrived on Wednesday, they were missing the bulk of the supplies that had been ordered 2 weeks prior.  We spent the day triaging the situation and reaching out to State Assemblymen and Senators asking for help.  We had a call with someone connected to the Governor’s office last night in an attempt to resolve the issue.   

    The current legal deadline to mail ballots is June 3rd.  We are working to deliver everything before the deadline.  It is an awful situation and unfortunately totally out of our control.  Your district is not the only District affected.  We are doing everything we can to fix the problem.  We are hoping to have some information today.   We will continue to mail ballots as the missing component supplies arrive and can be inserted.”
     

    We will update our website as soon as ballots have been mailed. Once ballots are received by voters, they will be able to be dropped off outside the office of the District Clerk any time prior to 5:00 p.m. on June 9. Additional information on that process will be forthcoming.

    Due to these delays, districts across the state have reached out to the Governor’s office to request an extension of the ballot submission deadline to ensure that voters have sufficient time to return their ballots.  We are waiting to hear if there will be any changes.

    We will be regularly updating this page with new information. Please check back for additional details. 

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    Pursuant to New York State Governor Cuomo's Executive Order 202.26, dated May 1, 2020, school district elections will take place on June 9, 2020. Voting for the annual election will take place by absentee ballot only, which shall be mailed to each eligible voter by the District.

    Nominating Petitions - The requirement of signatures on nominating petitions has been waived.  No signatures need to be gathered.  All age and residency requirements remain applicable.  Nominating petitions must be filed with the District Clerk no later than May 11th in order for a candidate to be placed on the ballot. Candidates will be placed on the ballot in alphabetical order. 

    This year, two (2) seats are up for election for a term of three (3) years commencing July 1, 2020 and terminating June 30, 2023. Click here for the Nominating Petition. Petitions must be received by the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on May 11, 2020.  The District Clerk’s mailing address is: 18 South Perry St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

    Annual Meeting - The Annual Meeting and Election shall be held on June 9, 2020.  Absentee ballots must be received no later than June 9th at 5PM in order to be canvassed. 

    Click here for Budget Information and Presentations

    Please click on the following links for:

    • Register to vote online - Deadline to register for School Vote Election is May 30, 2020
      • Register to vote or update the information you have on file with the New York State Board of Elections.
      • To be a qualified voter you must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years old 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 four calendar years.
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