Voting in School Elections

All members of the community are entitled to vote in any school matter (budget, election of board members, referendum). In order to be legally qualified to vote in school budget and board of education elections, a person must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Eighteen years of age or over.
  • A resident within the Monticello School District for a period of at least 30 days immediately preceding the voting.
  • Registered to vote. The registration of voters is valid for a period of four years. If the resident has not voted within that period, they must re-register. All new residents must register to vote. Those residents of the district who are registered to vote in a general election are eligible to vote at school district meetings and elections without further special school district registration.

To register to vote or to register for an absentee ballot, contact the District Clerk; office located at:
Monticello CSD Administration Building
60 Jefferson Street, Suite 3
Monticello, NY 12701

For more information about voting, call 845-794-7700, ext. 70523.

Voter Registration (July 28 School Budget Revote)

The last day to register to vote in the July 28 school budget revote is Tuesday, July 21. There will be a Voter Registration Day held on July 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Cornelius Duggan Community Center, and Emma C. Chase Elementary School. The Forestburgh Town Hall and Rock Hill fire halls are not currently available for use by outside organizations.

Due to the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents will not be able to drop in to the school buildings to register. Residents wishing to register to vote  in person must make an appointment with District Clerk Janet Montes by calling 845-794-7700, ext. 70523. They may also register to vote online through the DMV

Voting Locations*

*In the July 28 school budget election, Rock Hill and Forestburgh voters will vote at the Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, or may choose to vote by absentee ballot. This temporary change is due to these two buildings being closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thompson/Monticello – District #1*
Robert J. Kaiser Middle School
45 Breakey Avenue, Monticello, NY 12701

Bethel – District #2
Duggan Community Center
3460 Route 55, White Lake, NY 12786

Mamakating – District #3
Emma C. Chase School
28 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wurtsboro, NY 12790

Rock Hill – District #4*
Rock Hill Fire Department
61 Glen Wild Rd, Rock Hill, NY 12775

Forestburgh – District #5*
Forestburgh Town Hall
332 King Rd, Forestburgh, NY 12777

If you have a question about where you should vote, call 845-794-7700, ext. 70523 or check here on Poll Finder.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

Absentee ballots are available for all school district election. Absentee ballots are available for voters who are residents of the district but will not be able to physically vote in their designated polling place. To vote by absentee ballot, first pick up an absentee ballot application at the office of the district clerk at the Monticello Central School District Administration Building, 60 Jefferson Street, Suite 3, Monticello, NY 12701 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days, or you may download the application using the links below: 

*When completing the absentee ballot application for the July 28 school budget vote, please see the special instructions. 

Absentee ballot application – English

Absentee ballot application – Spanish 

Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter. Completed applications must be received by the district clerk at least one day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Anyone can pick-up multiple absentee ballot applications, but only the voter can personally pick-up an absentee ballot.

Special Instructions for voting by absentee ballot in the July 28 school budget vote

· Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.47, the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus is deemed a temporary illness for the purpose of eligibility to vote as an absentee voter in the school budget revote to be held July 28, 2020. Accordingly, persons applying as an absentee voter pursuant to Executive Order 202.47 must check the box marked “temporary illness or physical disability” in Section 1.

· Applicants who are requesting an absentee ballot for the July 28, 2020 school budget revote should check the box marked “Special School District Meeting” in Section 2.

· If you prefer to designate someone other than yourself to pick up your ballot for you at the District Clerk’s office, you may do so by completing the required information in Section 6.

· The completed application for an absentee ballot may be submitted by mail to the District Clerk, Janet Montes, 60 Jefferson Street, Suite 3, Monticello, New York 12701 or by email at Applications for absentee ballots which are to be mailed to the voter must be received no later than July 21, 2020 and applications for absentee ballots that are to be personally delivered to the voter must be received no later than July 27, 2020. All voters who seek an absentee ballot to vote in the July 28, 2020 school budget revote are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

· To be counted, all completed absentee ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on July 28, 2020.

· If you have any questions relating to the application, you may contact the District Clerk, Janet Montes at or by telephone at (845) 794-7700 x70523.

For more information about the July 28 school budget re-vote, please visit