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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order with changes to the Board of Education Election and Budget Vote for the 2020-21 school year. 

A postcard notice with details of the Board of Education Election and Budget Vote has been mailed to homes, and the legal notice has been published in Newsday, Noticia and Long Island Business News. 

Because the dates and deadlines have been revised and the information is so detailed, we are providing this question and answer format for you: 

When is the Budget Hearing? 
The budget hearing was held remotely on Monday, June 1, at 7 p.m. and was live-streamed to the public on the district website at www.longwood.k12.ny.us. 

What is the revised date of the Board of Education Election and Budget Vote?
The election and budget vote initially scheduled for May 19, 2020, will now take place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. However, ballots can be sent back (in the postage-paid envelope) any time between when they arrive in mailboxes and 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020.

How can I vote? 
There will be no voting at the polls. The vote will take place exclusively by absentee ballot, which will be mailed to qualified voters in the district with a postage-paid return envelope. The absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk, Lillian Pizzolo, no later than 5 p.m. on June 9. 

Who is considered a qualified voter? 
Qualified voters must be 18 years old or older, a United States citizen, and a resident of the Longwood Central School District for 30 days immediately preceding the election. All qualified voters in your household will be mailed an absentee ballot as per the list of qualified voters from the Suffolk County Board of Elections. 

How can I find out if I am registered to vote? 
To check your registration status, go to https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/. How do I register to vote if I am not presently on the voting roll? You can register with the Board of Elections by submitting an on-line application for voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles at https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registrationapplication.   

How are the ballots counted? 
Absentee ballots are counted by election inspectors at a single, secured school district location.

How do I fill in the ballot? 
1.  Mark in pen having blue or black ink or with pencil having black lead.

2.  To vote on the proposition(s) or question(s) make a single cross (X) mark or a single check (√ ) mark in either of the squares (□) contained the box setting forth such propositions(s) or question(s).

3. To vote for a candidate whose name is printed on the ballot, make a single cross (X) mark or a single check (√ ) mark in the voting square (□) above the name of candidate.

4. To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write the name in the blank space at the bottom in the space provided, and make a single cross (X) mark or a single check (√ ) mark in the voting square (□).

5. Any other mark or any erasure on the ballot is unlawful.

6. Put the completed ballot in the enclosed oath envelope.  Date and sign the back of the oath envelope before mailing.  Disregard the language in the statement of Absentee Voter that states “because of the reason stated on my application heretofore submitted.”  For this budget vote and election, you are not required to submit an application for an absentee ballot to be eligible to vote by absentee b
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What happens if the budget fails?
We are proud to share that our school community has overwhelmingly approved the budget for 18 consecutive years!  If the proposed budget is defeated at the polls on June 9, the district would need to reduce $4,818,038 from the budget, resulting in:
-Increased class size
-Elimination of staff
-Limited opportunities and reduced services for students and staff
-Elimination of new equipment
-Limit the use of buildings and grounds by community organizations

How many Board of Education trustee seats are on the ballot this year? 
There are two (2) trustee seats up for election this year, each for a three-year term starting July 1, 2020. Candidates run at large, meaning that the two trustees with the highest number of consecutive votes will win the election. Candidates' names will be listed on the ballot in alphabetical order by last name. 



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