Budget & Election Information

Eldred Budget and Election Information:

Qualifications to vote:

In order to be legally qualified to vote in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education election, a person must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • At least 18 years of age or older.
  • A resident within the Eldred Central School District for at least 30 days immediately preceding the voting (must be your primary, permanent residence).
  • Registered to vote. The registration of voters is valid for a period of four years. If the resident has not voted within that period, they must re-register. Residents of the district who are registered to vote in a general election are eligible to vote at school district meetings and elections without further special school district registration.

How do I register?

If you are registered to vote in general elections, you are automatically eligible to vote in school elections. If you are not registered, you may obtain a voter registration form from the District Clerk at the Eldred JSHS. Voters may also obtain a form from Sullivan County Board of Elections at http://www.co.sullivan.ny.us or call (845) 807-0400 / Orange County Board of Elections at www.orangecountygov.com/elections or call (845) 360-6500.

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Register with the District Clerk at the Junior Senior High School

600 Route 55, Eldred, NY 12732

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday

You must bring photo ID and proof of residence

Voting by Absentee Ballot:

Absentee ballots are available for voters who are residents of the district but will not be able to physically vote in their designated polling place.

Absentee ballots are available if you are:

  • Unable to vote in person because of illness.
  • Planning to be out of the area on vacation or business.
  • Confined to prison due to conviction of an offense other than a felony.
  • Accompanying a spouse, parent or child of the same residence who can't come to the polls for one of the above reasons.

How do I get an absentee ballot?

Please be aware that there is a two-step process to receive an absentee ballot.

  1. Fill out an application for an absentee ballot to confirm why you will not be able to vote in person.
  2. Fill out the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote.

STEP ONE - Fill out the application for an absentee ballot

First, you must fill out an application for an absentee ballot (PDF) to confirm the reason why you will not be able to vote in person. There are two ways to fill out the application:

  1. You can download and print the application for an absentee ballot (PDF).
  2. You can call the district clerk at (845) 456-1100 x. 5128 and ask to have it mailed to you.

STEP TWO - Fill out the actual ballot to cast your vote.

After you fill out and submit the application for an absentee ballot to the District Clerk, you will receive the actual absentee ballot to cast your vote. Anyone can pick-up multiple absentee ballot applications, but  the voter should write on the application who will personally pick-up an absentee ballot, or it will be assumed to mail. We are governed by law and there is no exception to this rule.

It is important to remember that if you want your absentee ballot mailed to you, all applications for absentee ballots MUST be received by the District Clerk at least seven days prior to the vote.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. the day before budget vote and election. For more information, contact the district clerk's office at (845)456-1100 x. 5128.

  • Q: Do districts have to make absentee ballots available?
    Yes. All school districts are required by law to make absentee ballots available to qualified voters for the election of school board members, school district public library trustees, the adoption of the annual budget, and school district public library budgets and referenda.
  • Q:Who is entitled to an absentee ballot?
  • A: Any qualified voter who is unable to vote in person due to illness or physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration (unless incarcerated for conviction of a felony), travel outside the voter’s county or city of residence for employment or business reasons, studies, or vacation on the day of the election.
  • Q:Can a resident with dual home ownership vote in person in one district and by absentee ballot in the other?
    A: No. A person may have only one legal residence or domicile for purposes of voting at a school district election. Without proof of permanent residence, the owner of a home within a school district would not be entitled to an absentee ballot. The term "residence" shall be deemed to mean that place where a person maintains a fixed, permanent and principal home and to which he/she wherever temporarily located, always intends to return. A person may have only one legal residence or domicile, and that is the place where such person intends to have his or her permanent residence or home.

Board of Education Election:

In addition to voting on the proposed budget, district residents vote to elect Board of Education members each year. All candidates must file a petition and meet the following criteria:

  • Must be able to read and write
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district, that is, he/she must be a citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years or older
  • Not be a convicted felon or have been adjudged incompetent
  • Must be and has been a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the election but need not be a taxpayer
  • May be the only member of his/her family on the school board (defined as those within the same household)
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office
  • Must not have been removed from a school district office within one year of the election
  • May not be a current employee of the district


Please direct all budget questions to the Business Office 845-456-1100 x.5170 and all voting questions to the District Clerk 845-456-1100 x.5128.

Please find the Budget & Election Results From  May 2020:
A. The adoption of the following proposition:
PROPOSITION NO. 1 - SCHOOL BUDGET That the Board of Education of the Eldred Central School District is hereby authorized to expend $18,364,424.00 during the 2020-2021 school year.

Proposition #1 – Budget 
Absentee: Yes 752   No 294 - PASSED  

B. The adoption of the following proposition:
PROPOSITION NO. 2 – SUNSHINE HALL FREE LIBRARY That the Board of Education of the Eldred Central School District is hereby authorized to levy taxes annually in the amount of $15,500.00 and to pay over such monies to the Board of Trustees of the Sunshine Hall Free Library.   

Proposition #2 – Sunshine Library
Absentee:  YES 826     N0 214  - PASSED  

C. ELECTION OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER: The qualified voters of the Eldred Central School District are authorized to elect one candidate as a member of the Board of Education to serve - a five (5) year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2025. Voters may select one candidate, or submit a name on the line for a write-in on the ballot. The candidate with the most votes will fill the five-year term.  
Board of Education Seat:

CONIO LORETTO             57
PAUL CLARK                    6
JENNA POTTER               1
DON RUPP                       1
MICHAEL SMITH             1
HALSEY BROWN             3
RON THIELE                    1
DYLAN WOLFE                1
DYLAN KNIGHT               4
DOUG REISER                1
LAURIE TERRY               1
FRANK LABUDA             1
ANDY BOYAR                 2
School Budget Vote and Board Election absentee ballots mailed; all ballots are to be returned by mail on June 16 or to the District drop-off ballot box by June 9 (updated by Executive Order on June 7, 2020)

Topic: Budget Vote Counting- LiveTime: Jun 16, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time 
Join Zoom Meeting   https://E2CCB-GST.zoom.us/j/96286838172
Meeting ID: 962 8683 8172






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