Voting Information

The June 2020 school budget vote and Board of Education election will take place using absentee ballots only, per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order. Every eligible voter is entitled to receive an absentee ballot and a postage paid return envelope in the mail. Click here for more information about voting by absentee ballot.

**The following information does NOT apply to the June 2020 vote:

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Polling Locations

District 1 – City of Hudson – Hudson Central Fire Station (77 North Seventh Street, Hudson) *New Polling Location*

District 2 – Greenport, Stottville/Stockport, Ghent – Greenport Community Center (500 Town Hall Dr, Hudson)

District 3 – Claverack, Livingston, Taghkanic – A.B. Shaw Fire House (67 NY-23, Claverack)

*Please note the new polling location for District 1 (formerly John L. Edwards Primary School). This change was made due to the closure of JLE and approved by the Board of Education on February 11, 2019. The Hudson Central Fire Station meets all the Federal ADA requirements and has ample parking. This change is only for the annual School District Budget Vote and Election held in May each year. For General Elections, please confirm your polling location with the Columbia County Board of Elections at 518-828-3115.

Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older;
  • A primary resident of the Hudson City School District for a period of 30 days or more directly preceding the day of the vote;
  • Registered to vote with either the School District or the Columbia County Board of Elections;
  • Not otherwise ineligible to vote under Section 5-106 of the Election Law.

If you have not previously registered and would like to vote in this referendum, you must register with the School District Board of Registration.

Voter Registration Information

**The following dates are tentative pending further direction from the governor.

Register to vote during the HCSD Voter Registration Event on Monday, May 18, 2020 from 4-8 p.m. (in the new gym at M.C. Smith Elementary School). Please bring photo identification.

You can also register to vote at any time by submitting a completed voter registration application to the Columbia County Board of Elections (401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534).

To obtain a voter registration application from the school district, contact the Board Clerk at 518-828-4360, ext. 2100.

Deadline for voter registration: Monday, May 18, 2020

Absentee Ballots

**The following dates are tentative pending further direction from the governor.

If you are not able to vote in person on the date of the budget vote and school board election, you can apply for an absentee ballot. Voters may obtain an absentee ballot only if, during all hours of the day of the vote, they are:

  1. absent from the county of his or her residence; or
  2. unable to appear at the polling place because of illness or physical disability, or duties related to the primary care of one or more individuals who are ill or physically disabled, or because he or she will be or is a patient in a hospital; or
  3. an inmate or patient of a veteran’s administration hospital; or
  4. absent from his or her voting residence because he or she is detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or awaiting trial, or confined in jail or prison after a conviction for an offense other than a felony, provided that he or she is qualified to vote in the election district of his or her residence.

Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the office of the District Clerk, Leslie Coons, Hudson City School District, District Offices, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, New York 12534.

If the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 4 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, May 26, 2020 (seven [7] days before the budget vote & election).

If the ballot is to be picked up personally by the voter, the completed application must be received by the District Clerk no later than 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, June 2, 2020, (one [1] day before the budget vote & election).

A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued shall be available for public inspection in the office of the District Clerk during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) on each of the five (5) days prior to the day of the vote, (May 26 through June 1, 2020, excluding Saturday and Sunday). An absentee ballot must reach the office of the District Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (the day of the budget vote & election).

Leslie Coons, District Clerk, can be reached at 518-828-4360 extension 2100 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. She will be in the office until 4 p.m. on day of the vote to receive ballots.