Information Regarding Budget Vote and Board Election Process
The Governor recently issued an executive order that has rescheduled school district vote and elections for June 9, 2020.
Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 District Budget Vote:
-Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
-Will be a tele-conferencing meeting with Zoom
-If the public has questions or comments, to please email the District Clerk, at PHorn@cssd.org, ahead of time (before the meeting), so they can read them during the Public Hearing, They can send their questions or comments to PHorn@cssd.org. The public is also welcome to submit comments/questions for the Board's consideration after the public hearing.
-The requirement of signatures on nominating petitions has been waived. All age and residency requirements remain applicable.
-Nominating petitions must be submitted to the District Clerk, Pearl Horn, no later than the date the ballot must be finalized by May 12.
1st Expenditure Due - May 11, 2020
2nd Expenditure Due - June 4, 2020
3rd Expenditure Due - June 29, 2020
- Voter Registration:
-Last Day of Voter Registration is June 2, 2020.
-Voter Registration can be done every day, by appointment, 315-668-4220, x70221
or on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Central Square Intermediate Building, 68 School Drive, Central Square.
Please make sure you bring a photo I.D. and proof of residency.
Budget Vote and Board Election Process
1. Printing, Ballot Assembly and Mailing Ballots
- NTS Data Services - printing our post cards. Should be mailed out around May 19, 2020. There is no charge for the printing of the post cards due to CSSD already being a customer. They are printing the post cards in lieu of our poll books. CSSD will pay for the postage.
- NTS Data Services - printing, assemblying (3 envelopes with postage paid on two) and mailing ballots. Cost per ballot will be $1.75 each, usually is $5.00. This is an emergency cost that they are giving us due to COVID-19. CSSD will pay for the postage.
- Military ballots will be mailed to voters after the ballot is complete (after May 20).
- If a registered voter calls and informs the District that they did not receive a ballot, District Clerk will treat it as an Absentee Ballot and it will be mailed from there and placed on the list of Absentee Voters.
2. Receiving Ballots
- District Clerk will receive the ballots in her office at CSI. District Clerk will open the outside envelope and make sure that the oath envelope is signed and filled out correctly. District Clerk will then date stamp all ballots, scan them into the NTS system (to show that the voter's ballot was received).
- All ballots received will be locked in District Clerk's office until June 9, 2020.
- All ballots will be stored for one year, including any ballots that were received after 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020.
3. Counting Ballots
- Who: The District Clerk has obtained 13 volunteers and the Board has approved them to be the election inspectors. Due to many of our election inspectors being elderly, District Clerk was informed by our legal that she could ask for volunteers. They will arrive at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and the School Business Manager and District Clerk will train on the accurate way to open and tally the votes. There will be 12 tables spread out in the cafeteria and the ballots will be divided up equally. There will be one individual that goes around to check each tally sheet (ballots cannot be counted twice). The District Clerk has already made sure that the oath envelope has been checked for accuracy and if there are any that are not signed, they will be put aside. The
District Clerk will then give them the Oath of Office and at 5:00 p.m. they may start opening the ballots.
- Where: Central Square Intermediate building in the cafeteria. Tables will be set up so there will be enough space to ensure strict adherence to social distancing requirements, and masks and gloves will be provided.
- How: School Districts are still waiting for further Executive Order guidance for details.
- Ballots must be delivered to District by 5:00 p.m. The District's mail carrier will deliver any that are received by 5:00 p.m. from the Post Office.
- Polls closed and counting begins after mail delivery.
- Gloves and masks will be provided for all.
- The District Clerk will oversee the counting process.
- Once the ballots are counted, District Clerk will place them into locked boxes.
- Once all ballots are counted, District Clerk and Business Manager will tally the results to finalize the vote counts.
- Final tally will be communicated to the Board of Education.
- All counted ballots must be stored for 1 year. Ballots will be discarded after one full year.