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  • Absentee ballots available for Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville merger revote

  • Oppenheim-Ephratah residents who will be out of the area or otherwise unable to vote on the Dec. 11 Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville school merger revote may now request an absentee ballot. District officials advise residents that, as this is a New York State Department of Education referendum, the state Commissioner of E...
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  • Oppenheim-Ephratah residents who will be out of the area or otherwise unable to vote on the Dec. 11 Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville school merger revote may now request an absentee ballot. District officials advise residents that, as this is a New York 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 that each absentee voting packet will include an application together with the ballot. The packet will also include detailed instructions for completing and returning both the absentee ballot application and the ballot together. Failure to follow those instructions may result in a ballot being disqualified.
    To obtain an absentee ballot, contact the District Clerk Anna O’Connell at (518) 568-2014. Voters can request ballots be mailed to them until Dec. 4. Voters may pick up ballots in person at the district office until Dec. 10. Permanently disabled residents will receive a ballot automatically. Completed applications and ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
    New York State Department of Education representatives will tally all votes, including the absentee ballots, on Dec. 11.
    State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. last week announced a revote on the binding school merger referendum in response to a petition submitted by Oppenheim-Ephratah residents.
    If Oppenheim-Ephratah residents approve the merger, the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville school district would begin operation July 1, 2013. St. Johnsville residents will not participate in the revote, as a majority of voters in that district already approved the proposal last year.
    Polls for the revote will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11. 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.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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