MAYFIELD - The Mayfield and Northville school districts announced Tuesday that absentee ballot applications are available for the straw vote for the proposed merger of the districts.
The absentee ballots are available for residents who won't be able to make it to the polls Sept. 18 for the vote.
In order to qualify for an absentee ballot, the applying resident must be at least 18-years-old, a U.S. citizen, registered to vote in the general or school elections and must have lived in the affected school district for at least 30 days.
Absentee applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, and absentee ballots will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sept. 18.
Mayfield residents can contact district Clerk Debra Javarone in person at 27 School St., by phone at 661-8207 or by email at email@example.com.
Northville residents can contact district Clerk Laurie Groff in person at 131 S. Third St., by phone at 863-7000 ext. 4121 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any requests for a mailed absentee ballot must be handed to the respective clerk by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The districts have held multiple meetings regarding the merger during the summer, including public tours and hearings June 18 in Mayfield and June 20 in Northville, and voted July 20 to put the straw vote out to the residents on Sept. 18.
The meetings were lightly attended. Officials from both schools have said even if the merger is voted down by the public, they believe New York state will force the schools to merge eventually and leave the districts with less control of how the merger is handled.
Mayfield residents who are not registered to vote with the Fulton County Board of Elections can register Friday and Sept. 10 to 14 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mayfield residents also can register Sept. 18 in the lobby of the high school gymnasium.
Northville residents can register on the same days from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proof of residency in the Northville district is required to register.
If the straw vote is passed by the public Sept. 18, the merger process will then go on to a binding vote on Oct. 25. If the binding vote is passed, the merged district will begin in the 2013-14 school year.