Kingston school district reinstates former voting sites one year after cutback

Daily Freeman-10 months before

The May 19 election, in which district residents will vote on the 2020-21 school budget and elect Board of Education members, will be held at the district's seven elementary schools, as it was prior to last year. The voting hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For the 2019 budget and board election, the district consolidated voting into just three sites: Kingston High School, J. Watson Bailey Middle School and M. Clifford Middle School. It also allowed voting only from 3 to 9 p.m., compared to the previous schedule of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The district said the changes were the result...of the Ulster County Board of Elections providing fewer voting machines because the New York state primaries had been moved up from September to June, leaving insufficient time after the school district vote to reprogram a large number of the units.

Voter turnout for last year's school district election was almost 21 percent percent lower than the year before.

There are June primaries this year, too, but district officials say they were able to work out a different arrangement with the Board of Elections.

The change back to seven polling places was approved by the school board at a meeting Tuesday night. Board Clerk Camille DiPerna said residents will vote at the same places they did prior to 2019.

• Harry L. Edson Elementary School (Kingston), for residents of Kingston Ward 1, Districts 1, 2 and 3; Kingston Ward 2, Districts 1 and 2; and town of Ulster Districts 1, 6 and 13.

• George Washington Elementary School (Kingston), for residents of Kingston Ward 3, Districts 1, 2 and 3; Kingston Ward 4, Districts 1 and 2; Kingston Ward 5, Districts 1 and 2; and Kingston Ward 9, District 1.

• John F. Kennedy Elementary School (Kingston), for residents of Kingston Ward 7, Districts 1, 2 and 3; Kingston Ward 8, Districts 1, 2 and 3; Kingston Ward 9, Districts 2 and 3; and town of Ulster Districts 3 and 12.

• Ernest C. Myer Elementary School (Hurley), for residents of Hurley Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8; Rosendale Districts 1, 4 and 5; town of Ulster District 4; and Marbletown District 5.

• Robert Graves Elementary School (Port Ewen), for residents of Esopus Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; and Rosendale Districts 2 and 3.

• Chambers Elementary School (town of Ulster), for residents of Kingston Ward 2, District 3; Kingston Ward 5, District 3; Kingston Ward 6, Districts 1, 2 and 3; and town of Ulster Districts 5, 8 and 10.

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