We want our officials to change the Buffalo School Board election from May to June or Nov

We want our officials to change the Buffalo School Board election from May to June or Nov

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Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals started this petition to State Representative Sean Ryan

THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS MUST BE MOVED FROM MAY TO JUNE OR NOVEMBER TO ENSURE GREATER PARTICIPATION AND MORE CONVENIENCE FOR VOTERS.

VOTER PARTICIPATION RATES FOR THE MAY SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS AVERAGE 8% OR LOWER AND HAVE BEEN AS LOW AS 3 PERCENT, WHILE PARTICIPATION RATES IN THE GENERAL ELECTION ARE GENERALLY 18-23%, AND PARTICIPATION IN THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS ARE GENERALLY 25-35%. 

THE  NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE HAS JUST MOVED THE STATE PRIMARY FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE, AND IF WE CANNOT MOVE THE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION TO JUNE WE WOULD LIKE IT MOVED TO NOVEMBER. 

BY COMBINING THESE ELECTIONS, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE PARTICIPATION, MORE RESIDENTS CAN HAVE A VOICE IN DECISIONS MADE ON BEHALF OF BUFFALO SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. THOSE ELECTED TO THE BUFFALO SCHOOL BOARD MANAGE A $1 BILLION BUDGET, WHICH IS TWICE THE BUDGET OF THE ENTIRE CITY OF BUFFALO.

KEEPING THE ELECTION IN MAY WITH EXTREMELY LOW VOTER PARTICIPATION ENSURES THAT POWER AND CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING AND THE BUDGET FOR CITY SCHOOLS AND BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN IS CONCENTRATED AMONG THE VERY FEW.

MOVING SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS TO COINCIDE WITH THE NEW STATE PRIMARY DAY OR THE GENERAL ELECTION IS ESTIMATED TO SAVE $100,000 AND WILL ENCOURAGE GREATER VOTER TURNOUT.

ROCHESTER AND SYRACUSE HAVE BOTH SUCCESSFULLY MOVED THEIR SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS TO COINCIDE THE GENERAL ELECTION AND HAVE HAD GREATER VOTER TURNOUT.

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