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VOTER INFORMATION

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The Annual School District Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections will be held from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 for the residents of the Monticello Central School District. In order to vote, you must be registered. Registration is now open and the last day to register for the May 15, 2018 vote is May 8, 2018.

Residents of the school district who already vote in general elections are already eligible to vote in school elections.

The basic requirements for voter registration are:
• U.S. citizenship
• 18 years of age or older at the time of the vote
• Residency in the school district for 30 days or more prior to the vote (April 16, 2018)

Those who are not registered to vote may register at any of the schools within the district as well as the district office. Go to the building secretary in the main office of any of the schools or to the school district clerk with the following documentation:
• Picture ID
• Proof of address
• Document to prove 30-day residency (for example, utility bill)

Locations for voter registration:
• Emma C. Chase Elementary School, 28 Pennsylvania Ave., Wurtsboro (polling site)
• George L. Cook Elementary School, 69 Richardson Ave., Monticello
• Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School, 26 Patricia Place, Monticello
• Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, 45 Breakey Ave., Monticello (polling site)
• Monticello High School, 39 Breakey Ave., Monticello
• Administrative Office, 237 Forestburgh Road, Monticello

Office hours at the middle and high school are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and at the district office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There is also a Voter Registration Day scheduled for May 8, 2018 at all polling sites from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• RJK Middle School
• Chase Elementary
• Duggan Elementary
• Rock Hill Fire Department
• Forestburgh Town Hall

Polling Sites

  • Thompson - District #1
    Robert J. Kaiser Middle School
    45 Breakey Avenue, Monticello, NY 12701
  • Bethel - District #2
    Duggan Community Center
    3460 Route 55, White Lake, NY 12786
  • Mamakating - District #3
    Emma C. Chase School
    28 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wurtsboro, NY 12790
  • Rock Hill - District #4
    Rock Hill Fire Department
    61 Glen Wild Rd, Rock Hill, NY 12775
  • Forestburgh - District #5
    Forestburgh Town Hall
    332 King Rd, Forestburgh, NY 12777

If you have a question about where you should vote, call District Clerk Janet Montes at 845-794-7700, ext. 70523.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are residents of the district but will not be able to physically vote in their designated polling place. To vote by absentee ballot, first pick up or download an absentee ballot application at the office of the district clerk at the Monticello Central School District Administration Building, 237 Forestburgh Road, Monticello NY between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on school days.

Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least one day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Anyone can pick-up multiple absentee ballot applications, but only the voter can personally pick-up an absentee ballot.

Read the legal notice concerning absentee ballots

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on May 15, 2018.
For more information, contact the district clerk's office at 845-794-7700, ext. 70523.

  • Q: Do districts have to make absentee ballots available?
    A:
    Yes. All school districts are required by law to make absentee ballots available to qualified voters for the election of school board members, school district public library trustees, the adoption of the annual budget, and school district public library budgets and referenda.
  • Q: Who is entitled to an absentee ballot?
    A: Any qualified voter who is unable to vote in person due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration (unless incarcerated for conviction of a felony), travel outside the voter’s county or city of residence for employment or business reasons, studies, or vacation on the day of the election.
  • Q: Can a resident with dual home ownership vote in person in one district and by absentee ballot in the other?
    A: No. A person may have only one legal residence or domicile for purposes of voting at a school district election. Without proof of permanent residence, the owner of a home within a school district would not be entitled to an absentee ballot.

Board of Education Election

In addition to voting on the proposed budget, district residents vote to elect Board of Education members each year. All candidates must file a petition and meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to read and write
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district, that is, he/she must be a citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years or older
  • Not be a convicted felon or have been adjudged incompetent
  • Must be and has been a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election but need not be a taxpayer
  • May be the only member of his/her family on the school board (defined as those within the same household)
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office
  • Must not have been removed from a school district office within one year of the election
  • May not be a current employee of the district