Mail-In Ballot Deadline for School Votes Extended to June 16

The deadline to submit ballots by mail on school budgets and Board of Education candidates has been extended to June 16, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday.

Initially, all ballots were supposed to be returned by Tuesday at 5 p.m., and that deadline still applies to ballots delivered in person to the district clerk. But mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 16.
He also signed legislation extending the time to vote in the presidential primary on June 23. To be counted, ballots must be postmarked by June 23.  He had previously issued an order to allow all residents to vote by mail. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world, and while we are making great progress and the numbers keep going down, no New Yorker should have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Cuomo said. “Extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots builds on our previous Executive Orders to make it easier for New Yorkers to vote absentee in the upcoming primary election and it will help to increase voter participation as we continue to fight this virus.”

 He announced that outdoor graduation ceremonies of up to 150 people will be allowed starting June 26. At a news conference, he said social distancing protocols must be observed at such events. And he said that the approval is tentative and that permission could be revoked if there is an outbreak or other significant changes in the next two weeks. 


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