New York State School Boards Association

School Budget Turnout Drops by 50,000 Voters

Lowest turnout since inception of the tax cap


FOR RELEASE: May 22, 2018

 

 

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221  cell

@nyschoolboards

   

Voter turnout for last week’s school budget votes plummeted by more than 50,000 from a year ago – the lowest total since the inception of the tax cap in 2012, according to a New York State School Boards Association analysis of State Education Department data.

The total number of votes cast statewide in 2018 school budget votes was 505,075, compared to 557,642 in 2017 – a drop of 52,567.

Over the six-year period from 2012 to 2018 under the tax cap, the number of votes cast on school budgets has shrunk by nearly 300,000 – a 37 percent decline (see table).

"Some of the drop may be blamed on the weather," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "But it still represents a disturbing trend, since the outcomes of school budgets – and school board races – are being decided by fewer and fewer people."

Nearly all school districts across the state hold annual school budget votes and school board elections on the third Tuesday in May. Severe weather halted or curtailed school voting in a number of districts, especially in the mid-Hudson Valley.


Voter turnout since inception of the tax cap
 

 

Voter turnout

2012

804,004

2013

703,999

2014

647,224

2015

574,661

2016

577,685

2017

557,642

2018

505,075

 

 

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