Mail-in school election turnout is high as local budgets pass

School election and budget election results are in, and voters in each of the Tri-Lakes districts passed their budgets with unusually high numbers of voter participation, including Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, each district was required to conduct their votes by mail, sending absentee ballots to every eligible voter and counting the mail-in ballots by hand. Districts had anticipated higher voter turnout because of the mail-in system, and each saw three to four times as many votes cast this year compared to last.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid Central School District voters passed the district’s budget with a total of 1,204 residents voting by absentee ballot. There were 930 “yes” votes for the budget and 240 “no” votes. Nine ballots were voided.

Joan Hallet-Valentine, Daniel Marvin and Jeffrey Brownell, all Board of Education incumbents, maintained their seats this year, facing no challengers and receiving 1,018, 995 and 961 votes, respectively.

There were three write-in votes for Jay Strack.

Voters also passed a bus purchase proposition 974 to 195, and the Wilmington Library budget passed 1,038 to 124.

Lake Placid also saw a large jump in voters from last year, when a total of 376 were cast.

AuSable Valley

The AuSable Valley Central School District’s budget passed with 1,186 “yes” votes and 708 “no” votes.

James Martineau Jr. was re-elected to the Board of Education with 1,504 votes.


The Keene Central School Dsitrict’s budget was passed with 229 “yes” votes, 94 “no” votes and three blanks.

Both Board of Education candidates, Lauren Crowl and Sheryl Quinn, were elected to three-year terms.