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VOTER INFORMATION

Registration Cooke Students

You may register with the secretary in the main office of each school or you may register by appointment, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except weekends and holidays, at the office of the District Clerk, Monticello Central School District Administration Building, 237 Forestburgh Road, Monticello, NY 12701. Please call for an appointment 845-794-7700 ext. 70523

Valid ID and current proof of residency required.

Not sure where you’re registered to vote?

The annual school district budget vote and Board of Education elections will be held from 8 a.m - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at various locations throughout the district. Not sure where to vote? The Monticello Poll Place Finder will help you location your designated polling location. Click here to enter your town and street name.

Qualifications - Who may vote?

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

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • A resident within the Monticello Central School District for at least 30 days immediately preceding the voting (must be your primary, permanent residence).
  • Registered to vote. The registration of voters is valid for a period of four years. If the resident has not voted within that period, they must re-register. All new residents must register to vote. Residents of the district who are registered to vote in a general election are eligible to vote at school district meetings and elections without further special school district registration.

Voter Registration Day

If you are not already registered to vote in the Monticello Central School District, and meet the above qualifications, you may register to vote at the following locations on May 9, 2017 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. These locations also serve as the polling sites for the for the budget and school board election and include:

  • 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

Download an absentee ballot application by clicking here.

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 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.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on May 16, 2017.
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