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Budget Vote & Election

The Annual Meeting & Election of the Southwestern Central School District will be held via in-person voting on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, between the hours of 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 2:00-8:00 p.m. in the Southwestern High School Multipurpose Room. 
 
Election of Board of Education members will be held to fill three at-large vacancies created by the expiration on June 30, 2024, of the terms of Edward Brooks and Elizabeth Laczi, and by the expiration on May 21, 2024 of the term of Michael Carothers.  The candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall begin serving their three-year term commencing May 22, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027. Petition packets for running for the board will be available mid-March, and are due to the district clerk on April 22, 2024.
 
A public hearing on the proposed 2024-2025 budget and an opportunity to meet the candidates running for election will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the HS auditorium. Residents will receive a Spotlight newsletter in the mail the week of May 6, 2024. 
 
Completed applications for military ballots must be received by the district clerk by April 25, 2024.  Absentee ballots will be mailed on or about April 26, 2024, to all permanently disabled residents who are currently on the Board of Elections' list.
 
If you wish to vote by absentee ballot and are not on the Board of Elections' permanently disabled list, please contact the district clerk to make arrangements to receive an application. Applications must be received at the office of the district clerk by May 14th if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the applicant, or by May 20th if the applicant plans to pick the absentee ballot up in person at the district office. All absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk in the district office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote. Any ballots received after that time will not be counted. 
 
To be considered a qualified voter of the district, you must be:
  1. a citizen of the United States of America
  2. eighteen years of age or older
  3. a resident within the district for a period of thirty days preceding the annual meeting and election, and
  4. not otherwise disqualified from voting in school district elections
 
District Clerk
Pam SaGurney
(716) 484-1137