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  • Absentee ballots available for merged school board vote

  • Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville residents who will be out of the area or unable to vote in person on the Jan. 29 Oppenheim-Ephratah - St. Johnsville Board of Education referendum may now request an absentee ballot. District officials advise residents that, as this is a state Department of Education referend...
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  • Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville residents who will be out of the area or unable to vote in person on the Jan. 29 Oppenheim-Ephratah - St. Johnsville Board of Education referendum may now request an absentee ballot.
    District officials advise residents that, as this is a state Department of Education referendum, the state commissioner of education has established a different absentee voting procedure for the revote than for regular school budget and board of education votes.
    Applicants should note each absentee voting packet will include an application together with the ballot. The packet will also include detailed instructions for completing and returning the application and the ballot together. Failure to follow those instructions may result in a ballot being disqualified.
    The Jan. 29 referendum will ask voters to decide how many members should be on the new board of education — five, seven or nine — and how long the members should serve per term — three, four or five years. On Tuesday, March 19, voters will elect members from a slate of board candidates.
    All voters will cast their ballots at D.H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville.
    To obtain an absentee ballot, Oppenheim-Ephratah residents should contact District Clerk Anna O’Connell at 518-568-2014. St. Johnsville residents should contact District Clerk Elizabeth Battisti at 518-568-2622. Voters may pick up ballots in person at the district offices until Jan. 28. Voters can request ballots be mailed to them. Permanently disabled residents will receive a ballot automatically.
    Completed applications and ballots must be received by the district clerks no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. State Department of Education representatives will tally all votes, including the absentee ballots, on Jan. 29.
    Polls for the referendum will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 at D.H. Robbins Elementary School. By law, all voters must be U.S. citizens, age 18 or older and residents of the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.
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