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Step-by-step voting instructions

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on June 5, 2020

By order of the governor, this year’s Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education election will take place by absentee ballot only. Instructions on how to cast your vote can be found below. Please remember to fill out your ballot carefully, seal and sign the back of the oath envelope, and include your name and address on the sealed return envelope. You can return your ballot by mail or to a secure ballot box at the high school. All hand-delivered ballots must be received at the high school by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9 to be counted. All mailed ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. The extended mail deadline was included in an executive order by Governor Cuomo.

Step 1: You receive your ballot

Inside the envelope, you will find:

  • one ballot
  • one oath envelope
  • one pre-paid return envelope

If you did not receive a ballot, you can still request one by contacting Voter Assistance at voterinfo@bethlehemschools.org or 518-694-3949.


Step 2: Complete your ballot carefully

  • BCSD Board of Education (voters select up to three)
  • Bethlehem Public Library Board of Trustees (voters select up to two)
  • Proposition #1 – BCSD Budget
  • Proposition #2 – Library Budget
  • Proposition #3 – BCSD Bus Purchase

Mark your ballot carefully. If you have any questions about filling out your ballot, please contact Voter Assistance at voterinfo@bethlehemschools.org or 518-694-3949.


Step 3: Seal your ballot in the oath envelope

After you complete your ballot, you must seal it in the oath envelope. Due to a shortage of envelopes statewide, the printer used two different envelope sizes so not all voter oath envelopes will look the same, but they include the same oath that must be signed. Both envelopes are pictured below. Please also fill out the front of your envelope. There are no “School Election Districts” within the Bethlehem Central School District, so on Envelope A, you can leave that line blank.

Oath Envelope A (most voters received this oath envelope)

Oath Envelope B (this version was received by approx. 15% of voters)


Step #4: Sign the back of your sealed oath envelope.

This is very important. After sealing your ballot inside the oath envelope, you must sign and date the reverse side of the oath envelope, pictured below. A witness is not needed if you sign your own name. However, if you were to sign with a mark, which would include making an “X,” this would require a witness.

Oath Envelope A (most voters received this oath envelope)

Oath Envelope B (this version was received by approx. 15% of voters)


Step #5: Put your oath envelope inside the reply envelope

After sealing your ballot inside the oath envelope, and signing the reverse, place the oath envelope inside the business reply mail envelope, and be sure to seal it. It is important to INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS in the left-hand corner of the return envelope. The business reply mail envelope is pictured below.


Step 6: Return your envelope

Once you have completed steps 1-5, you are ready to return your ballot. There are two ways to do so:

  • By mail: Drop the sealed business reply envelope into any U.S. Postal Service mail collection box. Your mailed ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.
  • By hand: You can hand deliver your sealed business reply envelope to our ballot box located outside the main entrance to the high school at 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 (a map can be viewed below). By order of the governor, this ballot box will not be available after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. You can still mail your ballot. Mailed ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

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