Mailing of ballots delayed for Rome City School District voters

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The mailing of ballots to Rome school district voters for the June 9 election has been delayed, according to district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

The ballots previously had been expected to arrive at voters' addresses by May 27 or 28.

But Blake in his online blog said Sunday the district has been told by the company handling the mailing that "our ballots will be in mail no later than Monday, June 1."

Voters’ completed ballots would be due back at the school district office by 5 p.m. on June 9. The voting is being conducted using paper ballots and mail due to restrictions relating to COVID-19.

"If you do not feel that your mailed ballot will be received in time, you may personally submit your ballot on June 9 between the hours of 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at district office," said an announcement on the district's Facebook page regarding voters' completed ballots arriving by mail at the 409 Bell Road office by the 5 p.m. June 9 deadline. A drop-box will be at the district office that day for people unable to put their completed ballots in the mail in time, Blake has said.

Blake commented Sunday "there has been a delay in the delivery of our ballots this week due to a shortage of necessary envelopes to get the ballots out," He added "the district business office worked most of the day on Saturday with the company handling the mailing to determine when we can expect delivery."

The Board of Education at its May 6 meeting had approved using NTS Data Services, LLC to assist the school district with mailing of election postcards and absentee ballots to district voters that are to be used for voting. The Board of Education at a May 20 meeting adopted a proposed 2020-21 school district budget, which was needed prior to the election ballots being completed.

The election includes voting on these items: the district's proposed 2020-21 budget; filling three available seats on the Board of Education from among six candidates on the ballot; creation of a seat for a student to participate on the board; and the sale of the former Fort Stanwix Elementary School building at 110 W. Linden St.

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