October 19, 2021

Cuomo extends election mail-in deadlines

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Did you forget to turn in your school district election absentee ballot?

No need to run it to the district office by 5 p.m. today — you can still mail it in. District officials will now have to accept mailed absentee ballots through 5 p.m. June 16, according to an executive order that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Sunday.

Cuomo also signed legislation Sunday that extended the deadline for primary election absentee ballots, which must now be postmarked by June 23.

“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 in a statement. “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.”

The last-minute change will mean that the five propositions of the Cortland Enlarged City School District referendum — including the district’s budget as well as the whether the district can sell the former Parker school — won’t be decided until June 16 at the earliest, or possibly the morning of June 17, said Alicia Zupancic, district clerk.

Zupancic said the school district will have an employee at the post office at 5 p.m. on June 16 to collect ballots. Once all the ballots are collected, counting will begin, she said.

District voters can still turn in ballots by hand by 5 p.m. today at the Kaufman Center at 1 Valley View Drive in Cortland.

The ballot change also affects school board elections, budget votes and other propositions in Homer, Marathon, Dryden, Groton, McGraw, Cincinnatus, DeRuyter, Tully and Moravia districts.