During my flyer distribution tours I encountered a misconception that residents don’t vote (among other reasons), for they don’t “have kids in school.” There is no such a requirement. See the information below.
In order to vote in the annual school district elections, you must be a registered voter. You can register at the school district clerk’s office, or Nassau County Board of Elections, 240 Old Country Road – 5th Floor, Mineola, NY 11501, or at http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html
To be eligible to vote you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be at least 18 years old by May 16, 2017 (the date of the election)
- be a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to May 16, 2017
- be registered with either the school district’s board of voter registration or with the county board of elections. If you have previously registered to vote, but have not voted in either a school district or general election in the last four years, you must re-register to vote. To check your voter status (and learn your Assembly, Senate, County districts), visit https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx
You can obtain an absentee ballot at the central admin. office, 301 Wicks Lane, or in Mineola for Nassau County.
Residents who want to run for a seat on the board of education cannot be employed by the district and must pick up a petition at the district clerk’s office. Nomination petition, signed by at least 25 qualified voters has to be submitted by April 17, 2017.