The Board of Education, a branch of state government, is elected locally by the citizens of Binghamton. Every school district has its own school board. The Board’s primary responsibilities are: to set local policy, to levy property taxes to help meet the district budget, and to hire a Superintendent to run the schools in the district. Board members are elected to five (5) year terms.
Elections: School Board elections are held annually on the third Tuesday in May. In Binghamton, one or two members stand for election in any given year.
Vacancies: If a vacancy occurs on the board between elections, per Education Law, the board may choose to call for a special election, leave the position vacant or appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the next annual election.
Running for the Board: Any resident of the City of Binghamton who meets the qualifications may be eligible to run for election. (See Board Policy #1120). If you are interested, please contact the District Clerk either by phone (762-8100 x319) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). More information about the duties and responsibilities of a school board member may be found HERE and HERE.
Voter qualifications: To vote in the school elections, you must be a United States citizen; 18 years of age or older on the date of election; a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to election day; and a registered voter.
To register to vote: Contact the Broome County Board of Election office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. either by phone (607-778-2172) or in person (2nd Floor, County Office Building, 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY).
NOTE: You are considered 'registered' to vote if you were registered to vote in the preceding general election, or you are registered under permanent personal registration.
Absentee Ballots: Absentee Ballots are available, upon proper application, to any qualified voter who will be unable to vote in person on the day of the election due to illness, physical disability, hospitalization, incarceration or travel outside of the county / city of residence. Applications must be received by the District Clerk at least 7 days before the election.
You may request an application from the District Clerk, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by:
* Phone (762-8100 x 319)
* Email (email@example.com)
* In person at: 164 Hawley Street, 3rdFloor, Room 305C
NOTE: Per Education Law, voters who are registered as ‘permanently disabled’ with the Broome County Board of Election Office will be mailed an Absentee Ballot without having to apply.