ITHACA, N.Y. — The deadline for mail-in absentee ballots to be received for the Ithaca City School District budget and school board elections has been extended to June 16.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order June 7 extending the deadline to submit the absentee ballots. The ICSD vote was originally scheduled for May 19, but is being conducted via absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic

This order does not change the deadline for in-person absentee ballot submissions. If absentee ballots are returned in-person, it must be done so to the Office of the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.

READ MORE ON ICSD’s PROPOSED BUDGET: Ithaca City School District budget and board vote due June 9

The official closing of the polls is at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. All ballots will be counted at this time. ICSD stated that ballots postmarked on or prior to June 16 but not received by 5 p.m. on that day will not be counted.

The ballot includes two propositions regarding the proposed budget for the 2020–21 school year and the allocation of 2018 Capital Reserve Funds, as well as elections for candidates on the school board.

Madison Fernandez

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