School Budget Vote Absentee Ballot Process and Confidentiality

We want to reassure voters of the confidential nature of the voting process the Mayfield Central School District is following for this year’s school budget vote and election on June 9, 2020.

Following are answers to questions we have received about this year’s absentee voting process:

Why is this year’s budget vote and election being conducted by absentee ballot? 

This process is following the directive outlined in the Executive Order of Governor Andrew Cuomo (No. 202.26) issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How will ballots be collected and counted?

Qualified voters in the Mayfield Central School District need to return their completed absentee ballots per instructions included in the ballots before or by 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Completed ballots need to be returned by the voter in signed ballot envelope that has been placed in a return mailing envelope (all of these materials were sent to eligible voters with their ballots.) Returned mailing envelopes will be opened by the District Clerk and the sealed ballot envelope will be examined to ensure they have been signed by the voter, as required by law. 

Beginning at 5 p.m. on June 9, the day of the budget vote and election, ballots will be removed from their signed ballot envelopes and placed, still folded, into a secure receptacle separate from the signed ballot envelopes. This will be done to ensure  ballots do not become linked to or associated with the envelopes in which they were returned.  After all of the ballots have been separated from their envelopes, election inspectors will remove the anonymous ballots from the secure receptacle and the counting process will begin.

Ensuring the privacy of your vote

The School District takes your privacy and the privacy of your vote very seriously. By utilizing the system outlined above, we are confident your vote will remain secure, confidential, and anonymous.  Please do not hesitate to contact Debra Javarone at 518-661-8207 or with questions or concerns.