June 24, 2018

Budget votes and other votes

General Information



School budget votes and board of education elections are held the third Tuesday in May each year. Typically, the polls are open each year in the Duanesburg Elementary School Gym from 1-9 p.m. At other times during the school year, votes may be held to measure residents' support of proposals such as capital projects or other matters that could impact school taxpayers.

Voter Qualifications
To vote, you must be at least 18 years old or older on election day, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the Duanesburg Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the vote. You do not need to be registered to vote.

Digital Voting Machines
Schenectady County Board of Elections introduced Digital Image Scanner voting machines that have been used in Duanesburg since May 2010. The machines read a paper ballot that is completed by the voter.

Absentee Ballots
Upon request, absentee ballots will be issued to residents who are unable to vote in person on the designated voting day for specific reasons such as illness, disability, or out of town. You must first complete an application to receive an absentee ballot.

To obtain an application:

  • > Download the application online: download application PDF
  • > Pick one up at the Central Office at 133 School Drive in Delanson between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays
  • > Call the district clerk at (518) 895-2279 to have one mailed to you.

If you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, your application must be received by the district clerk at least one week before the vote date. If you plan to pick up your ballot, your application must be received by the day before the vote.

Completed absentee ballots must be received the District Clerk’s Office by 4 p.m. on the day of the vote.

Board of Education Elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools.

Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members receive no salaries or other compensation.

Two or three seats on the board are up for election every year. Voting on candidates for board membership takes place at the Annual Election of the School District (Budget Vote) in May.

Board nomination petitions become available each March for that year's election at the district office (895-2279). Each nominating petition must contain a minimum of 25 valid signatures and must be returned to the district office 30 days prior to the school district's Annual Meeting (Budget Vote).

Learn more about being a school board member from the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA):