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The League of Women Voters of Scarsdale is a nonpartisan, political organization with a rich history spanning over 99 years in the Scarsdale community. We encourage you to join us as we work to promote democracy and political responsibility at the local, state and national levels through voter education, issue advocacy and the active participation of citizens.

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COVID-19 Update

For the latest information concerning COVID-related changes to the election dates and voter registration deadlines, please visit the Voter Info page of our website.

Follow this link for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Situation Summary concerning COVID-19.

  • New York Democratic Presidential Primary, which had been cancelled by the Democratic members of the New York Board of Elections, has now been reinstated for Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in accordance with a ruling by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres that the cancellation was unconstitutional. All other federal, state, and local elections that had been scheduled for June 23, 2020, are still on. Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring Boards of Elections to send all voters a postage-paid absentee ballot application for any primary or special elections to be held on that date. Boards of Elections must also make available at their offices a voting system that is accessible for voters wishing to mark their ballot privately and independently.
  • All village & town elections scheduled to be held in March, April, May, or June will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.
  • School board/budget elections are scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and will be held via mail with return postage included. Each school district will send out postcard notice which details the date of the election, date of budget hearing, definition of qualified voter, and an absentee ballot.

The Governor's order recognizes that absentee ballot requests submitted before his Executive Orders on absentee voting will still be valid without further action by the voter.

Follow this link to view all NYS Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor. Additional information will be posted when available.

The League of Women Voters of the United States officially calls on all states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to expand no-excuse absentee voting and mail-in ballots for the duration of the 2020 election cycle. In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it is imperative for state election officials to address voters' and poll workers' fears by limiting the need to cast an in-person ballot. The time to act is now. Follow this link to read the full LWVUS press release. Also, please see NYS Senate Bill 8015A relating to absentee voting.

To advocate for no-excuse absentee voting in New York State during the 2020 election season, please contact our elected officials:
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Governor Andrew Cuomo

Upcoming Event -- Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election

Candidate Forum for Board of Education Election
Sunday, May 31, 2020
8 pm via Zoom Webinar

Candidates running for the two at large open seats on the Scarsdale Board of Education will appear to answer questions in a timed format moderated by a trained LWV of Westchester representative. To register for the webinar and/or to submit an audience question to pose to the candidates, please view our Candidate Forum webpage.

Upcoming Event -- Program with Elaine Weiss

Program Featuring Author Elaine Weiss
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
7:30 p.m.
Zoom link TBA

Elaine Weiss is a Baltimore-based journalist and author, whose feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her byline has appeared in many national publications, as well as in reports for National Public Radio. Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize "Editor's Choice" award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow.

Weiss's most recent book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking/Penguin) has won critical acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and The New Yorker, hailed as a "riveting, nail-biting political thriller" with powerful parallels to today's political environment. The Woman's Hour was a Goodreads Readers' Choice Award winner, short-listed for the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and received the American Bar Association's highest honor, the 2019 Silver Gavel Award.

Steven Speilberg's Amblin production company is adapting the book for TV, with Hillary Rodham Clinton serving as Executive Producer.

LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meetings (School Budget and Village Budget)

The annual LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the School Budget, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been cancelled. Follow this link for the District Answers to LWVS Questions re Proposed 2020-21 School Budget. Follow this link for the LWVS Board's Comments re the Proposed 2020-21 School Budget, issued on Monday, March 23, 2020, the LWVS Board's Comments re Staffing, issued on Monday, March 30, 2020, and the final/comprehensive LWVS Board's Comments re Proposed 2020-21 School Budget, issued on Monday, May 4, 2020.

The same is true for the annual LWVS Information Session and Consensus Meeting on the Village Budget, originally scheduled for Monday, March 30, 3030. Follow this link for the Village Tentative Annual Budget 2020-21 and for the Village Capital Budget Presentation. Follow this link for the Village Answers to LWVS Questions re Proposed 2020-21 Village Budget and for the LWVS Board's Comments re the Proposed 2020-21 Village Budget, issued on Tuesday, April 15, 2020.

Please stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

Recent Event -- Candidate Forum for Village Trustees Election

Follow this link to view the Candidate Forum for Village Trustees Election
Please note that video may take a few moments to load for viewing on a browser.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
7:30-9:30 pm at Rutherford Hall, Village Hall

Candidates running for the three at large open seats on the Village Board of Trustees appeared to answer questions in a timed format moderated by a trained LWV of Westchester representative.

Recent LWVS Consensus Statements

Please view our Local Program and Positions webpage for all recent LWVS Consensus Statements.