Updated June 4, 2020: Q&A has been added to the bottom of this page.
Despite statewide delays in the delivery of materials needed for absentee ballots, our RCS ballots were delivered to the post office on Monday, June 1, which meets the regulatory timelines set forth by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Ballots were mailed by first-class postage so that district voters will have appropriate time to vote on the 2020-21 budget. The district has also increased staff availability to answer any requests for residents seeking to pick up a ballot. Ballot drop-off locations have been installed throughout the district to assist voters who want to guarantee that their ballot is received by the deadline of Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.
In addition to utilizing the U.S. Postal Service, RCS voters will also have the opportunity to drop off ballots in any one of four locations within the district. These locations are the:
- Main entrance of Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary
- Main entrance of A.W. Becker Elementary
- Main entrance of RCS Middle School
- Courtroom entrance at the RCS District Offices which are located at 15 Mountain Road, Ravena.
These ballot drop-off locations will be open to receive ballots from Thursday, June 4 to Tuesday, June 9, from 7 am to 5 pm (including Saturday and Sunday). Again, all ballots must be received by the district by mail or returned to any of these locations by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
If you haven’t received your absentee ballot in the mail by Friday, please contact the District Clerk, Sue Starr, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-756-5200, ext. 6000 to have one mailed to you. If you haven’t received a ballot by Saturday, June 6, please contact the District Clerk to arrange to pick up a ballot.
For those seeking to drop-off your ballot, please view the available locations:
RCS District Office – Ballot box will be located outside of Ravena Justice Court entrance, 15 Mountain Road, Ravena, NY 12143
- Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary – Ballot box will be located outside of the main entrance.
- A.W. Becker Elementary – Ballot box will be located outside of the main entrance.
- RCS Middle School – Ballot box will be located outside of the main entrance.
Q&A About RCS Voting Process, 6-3-20
Q = How is this budget process in 2020 different from a traditional budget season?
A = On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.26 which modifies the rules under which school districts are to conduct the 2020 election of school board members and budget votes. Based on this order and due to protocols involving COVID-19, the 2020-21 school budget vote will be held by absentee ballot only.
Q = What is being voted on?
A:= The RCS School District is proposing a budget that will result in a 0% tax levy increase, a bus proposition that will maintain it’s bus replacement plan, and three board of education candidates are seeking election for three open seats. Voters will also be voting on a community library budget and on one board trustee candidate for one open seat.
Q = What can we expect over the next several days?
A = Absentee ballot(s) will be arriving at the homes of all RCS residents who are registered to vote in either Albany or Greene Counties. Voters must complete the ballot as per the included instructions and return them in the included self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. Voters may also drop off their ballot by dropping it off at any of the four locations that may be found here. By the governor’s executive order, all ballots must be received by the district by 5 pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Q = Where can I go for help or further information?
A = Please refer to the RCS District website for any information related to the RCS budget vote. The district continually updates information as it is provided by our state government agencies. For additional information, please continue to access materials, news updates and deadlines at www.rcscsd.org.
Q = Why was there a delay in RCS voters receiving their ballots?
A = The RCS District used NTS Data Services to print and distribute 2020-21 district absentee ballots. Due to an envelope shortage across the state, ballots were delayed in their delivery to local post offices. These delays have been experienced by schools throughout the region and the state.
Q = Can the school district change the date of the deadline for the vote?
A = The timeline for the voting process is the result of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Executive Order. Despite many concerns about the compressed timeline, there have been no official reports of an extension. The district will provide any updates related to any changes provided by the Governor’s office.
Q = If a ballot is not received by a voter until Thursday or Friday of this week (June 4 or 5), how can a voter ensure that their vote is returned and counted by 5 pm, June 9?
A = In addition to the self-addressed envelopes, with a postage paid return envelope, the district has added an additional four drop boxes for area residents to officially drop off their ballots in a secure manner to ensure that voters return their ballots by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Please view the district link to find a ballot box near you.
Q = What if an eligible voter does not receive a ballot in the mail?
A = If you haven’t received an absentee ballot in the mail, please call 518.756.5200 ext. 6000 or email email@example.com to arrange to pick up a ballot. The RCS District Office will remain open throughout the weekend to assist voters. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Q = What if a resident is out of town and not at their regular RCS address?
A = Albany and Greene County Boards of Election provide a list of our RCS residents that have registered specifically for an “absentee” ballot. However, this year every registered voter in Albany and Greene counties have had an absentee ballot mailed to their address on file. Anyone else who is unexpectedly out of town would need to call the district to get an absentee ballot.