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Your voter qualification questions, answered

on March 8, 2019

The school budget is the biggest investment the community collectively makes with its tax dollars. District leaders work to make the most effective use of resources to benefit students, to develop and manage the budget in a responsible and transparent manner and to be accountable to taxpayers. Each spring the board of education adopts a budget for the coming school year for a community vote.

Voters will cast ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 21. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Read on for information about voting qualifications and locations.

Voting Information

How do I know if I am qualified to vote?

In order to be legally qualified to vote in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a district resident for 30 days or more by May 21 (this must be your primary, permanent residence);
  • be at least 18 years old as of May 21, 2019;
  • be registered to vote by May 16, 2019.

How do I register?

If you have voted in either a school district election within the past year or a local general election anytime in the past four years, you are already registered. You can check if you are registered to vote on this year’s school budget vote here:

Ongoing voter registration is open through one week before the vote. You may register any school day between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the District Office in the Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center on West Street Extension. Voters can also obtain Orange County Board of Education registration forms by calling the District Office at 845-987-3000.

When and where do I vote?

By law, New York State school districts vote on the third Tuesday in May. This year’s budget vote will take place on Tuesday, May 21.

There are three polling locations:

Election District 1

Pine Island Firehouse
684 County Rt. 1, Pine Island

Election District 2

Dorothy C. Wilson Education Center
Middle School Addition
225 West Street Extension

Election District 3

Kings Elementary School
199 Kings Highway

If you’re not sure whether you are registered or which election district you live in, click on the links below:

Or, contact the Election Coordinator: 
Phone: 845-987-3000, ext. 10530

How can I vote by absentee ballot?

Absentee ballots are available beginning the third week of April for voters who are unable to appear in person at the polls due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization or travel. Voters may obtain an application from the District Clerk, 845-987-3000:

The District Clerk must receive completed applications seven days prior to the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or one day before the vote if the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter.


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