Hand-deliver absentee ballots by 5 p.m. June 9; mail-in ballots must be received by June 16

On May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and Board of Education election would take place exclusively by absentee ballot in June, instead of the traditional mid-May date, because of concerns about the coronavirus public health crisis. Broadalbin-Perth mailed absentee ballots to 7,200 registered voters on June 1.

On Monday, June 8, Cuomo issued an executive order extending the deadline to return absentee ballots by mail: All ballots received by mail through Tuesday, June 16 will be counted. In Broadalbin-Perth, ballots mailed by Friday, June 12 in the provided return envelope that includes first-class postage should be delivered to the district office no later than June 16. According to the U.S. Postal Service, all first-class mail is delivered within one to three business days.

Those wishing to hand-deliver their completed ballots must still do so by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. Residents can drop off their ballots in the secure, locked ballot box located inside the main door to the district office, which is located at 20 Pine Street, near the intersection with Rt. 29.

Election tellers will count absentee ballots starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 in the district office. Residents wishing to witness the count may do so in person; masks are required and all members of the public must stay at least six feet away from election tellers at all times.