The Fairview Fire District holds an annual election the second
Tuesday of December, in accordance with state law and a set of Election Instructions. All citizens who are registered to vote in the Town of Poughkeepsie or the Town of Hyde Park, and who have resided in the Fairview Fire District for thirty days preceding the election, are eligible to vote in Fairview’s election. The election is for a commissioner for a five-year term. In some years, if there are commissioner vacancies, additional commissioner positions for shorter terms may be on the ballot.
2016 Annual Election
In 2016, the election will be held on Tuesday, December 13, at the Fairview firehouse, 258 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Poll opening time will be 5:00 PM. Polls close at 9:00 PM, in accordance with state law.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
Under certain conditions defined by State law, voters may vote by absentee ballot. To see whether you qualify, examine Fairview’s absentee ballot application.
To receive your absentee ballot by mail, your absentee ballot application must be received by the Fairview Fire District Secretary at least seven days before the election. To receive your ballot personally (or through your agent), present the absentee ballot application to the District Secretary at least one day before the election. Absentee voters are strongly encouraged to apply more than a week in advance, to assure adequate time for Election Officials to evaluate their applications, and to deal with any possible denials, so that voters can correct and resubmit their applications if necessary. In all cases, absentee ballots must be received in the Secretary’s office no later than 5:00 PM on Election Day.
Election Guidelines (Approved by BOFC 10/28/2013)
The law requires Fairview’s elections to be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. However, perceptions are important too. Therefore, it is the intent of the Fairview Fire District to go beyond the requirements of the law, and to also promote the appearance of fair and impartial elections. Fairview’s election guidelines are based on appearances in addition to legal requirements.
Appointment of Election Officials
The Board of Fire Commissioners shall endeavor to appoint approximately half its Election Officials (chairperson of election, election inspectors, and ballot clerks) from voters associated with the firehouse, and the other half from voters who are not. A voter is assumed to be associated with the firehouse if he or she is a current or former employee, volunteer, or official of any firehouse, or of any emergency services facility, company, or agency, or is a close relative (spouse, sibling, parent, child, etc.) of someone associated with the firehouse.
Conduct of Election Officials — Appearance of Conflict of Interest
The law requires Election Officials to avoid conflicts of interest. Fairview’s Election Officials should also avoid any conduct that gives the appearance of a conflict of interest. Such conduct shall include publicly campaigning for or against any candidate or proposition on the ballot, or publicly assisting any candidate on the ballot in conducting his or her campaign. Such prohibited campaigning or assistance shall include, but not be limited to, publicly supporting or opposing a candidate or proposition, distributing leaflets endorsing or opposing a candidate or proposition, or contacting potential voters on behalf of a candidate or proposition.
Conduct of Election Officials — Fairness in Voting Lines
During the election, voters should only vote on a first-come, first-served basis. The purpose of this guideline is to avoid the perception of unfairness for voters waiting in line to vote. To implement this guideline, Election Officials shall not permit voters to cut in line, even if these voters are friends of Election Officials or of voters already in line, or are fire district personnel.
Administration of Elections
It is the intent of the Fairview Fire District to make voting in its elections as easy, convenient, and efficient as possible, within the requirements of State law.