first_imgElection Commissioners Brian Abram and Norman Green demonstrate absentee ballot drop box that is available in Mayville and will be at Early Voting Sites in Dunkirk and Lakewood during operating hours. Submitted image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Election Commissioners Norman Green and Brian Abram say the Board has received 10,000 absentee ballot applications, easily surpassing the previous record of 4,000 applications.“We have received over 10,000 applications and true to our word, over 10,000 ballots have been mailed to voters,” Green said. “The same day we receive an application is the same day we mail a ballot to the voter. Our staff stays until the job is done every evening and fortunately the over time is being covered by grants that we have secured that is covering pandemic related expenses.”“We have easily passed our old record of about 4,000 absentee ballots issued. We are still a month from the election,” added Abram, “so the number of ballots issued will continue to increase.” Chautauqua County has 79,055 registered voters and expect a 70% voter turnout, or about 55,000 voters. A total of 5,147 of the 10,000 ballots have already been returned as completed to the Board of Elections.The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is two weeks from Tuesday, on Oct. 27.The deadline to apply in person, or by agent, is 5 p.m. Mon. Nov. 2nd at the Board of Elections, 7 N Erie St. Mayville. Ballots must be returned to the BOE or postmarked by election day, Nov. 3.Ballots may be returned via the U.S. Mail delivered to the Board of Elections Post Office Box or dropped at the Board of Elections drop box located at the Mayville Board of Elections. A drop box will also be available during operating hours at Early Voting Sites at the Chautauqua Mall, Lakewood and at the County Fairground, Dunkirk. Voters or their agents may also drop absentee ballots at any of the county’s 49 poll sites on Election Day.“Agents who deliver ballots to the Board of Elections, early voting sites, or Election Day poll sites are generally neighbors, friends or relatives,” Abram explained. “Voters are using agents to bring ballots this year because of fears about the reliability of the U.S. Post Office. We find these fears to be unfounded, but it’s our job to deliver services that voters want.”Early votes and Election Day votes will be tabulated and posted unofficially at votechautauqua.com after the polls close at 9 p.m. on Election Day.The Board of Elections will be opening absentee ballots seven and thirteen days after the election and adding those votes to the Election Day totals, along with provisional affidavit ballots for voters who have moved. The reason for the delay is that Chautauqua County is part of the statewide voter registration database. The board must wait for the state to research millions of voters to determine if any county voter has moved since voting absentee and at the same time, absentee ballots have until seven days after the election to arrive in Mayville. Military and overseas voters have thirteen days for their ballots to reach the elections office.The Board of Elections will certify results before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img October 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf is providing students with more options to meet high school graduation requirements than a high stakes tests by signing Act 158 of 2018.“How a student does on high stakes tests is not a useful way to decide if someone is ready to graduate from high school,” said Governor Wolf. “This new law gives students several options to demonstrate what they’ve learned and that they’re ready to graduate from high school to start a career or continue their education.“Parents and students have made clear there’s too much standardized testing. This reform builds on the commonsense changes we’ve made to reduce the reliance on standardized tests to evaluate student performance. Last spring, we reduced testing time for the PSSAs for students in 3rd through 8th grade, and now high school students will be provided with additional pathways to graduation.”Pennsylvania’s former graduation requirement, the Keystone Exams are end-of-course exams in Algebra I, Literature and Biology. Since 2016, a series of moratoriums have been enacted on the use of Keystone Exams as a statewide graduation requirement.This new law is in line with recommendations from the Department of Education (PDE) and provides four additional options for students to demonstrate postsecondary readiness:Earn a satisfactory composite score on the Algebra I, Literature and Biology Keystone Exams.Earn a passing grade on the course associated with each Keystone Exam, and earn a specific score on certain exams, complete a pre-apprenticeship program, gain acceptance to an accredited 4-year nonprofit institution of higher education or meet other requirements.For Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentrators, earn a passing grade on the course associated with each Keystone Exam, and attain an industry-based certification, pass an industry-based assessment or meet other requirements.Earn a passing grade on the course associated with each Keystone Exam and demonstrate readiness for postsecondary engagement through three pieces of evidence aligned to student goals and career plan.“This is another step in the Wolf Administration’s commitment to provide a more comprehensive approach for measuring student achievement and ensuring that students are prepared to graduate and begin a career, earn a certificate or enter college,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera.More information about the new statewide graduation requirement, which goes into effect for the graduating class of 2021-22, is on the PDE website.center_img New Law Minimizes Standardized Testing, Expands Options for Students to Prove Graduation Readinesslast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse (2-0) continues the start to its season — its longest home stretch of the season — on Saturday against Texas Southern (0-3). The Orange is coming off a 71-62 win against Iona, while the Tigers recently lost, 82-64, to Ohio State.Here’s what to know about TSU:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 2-0Last time they played: The Orange beat the Tigers, 80-67, on Dec. 27, 2015. Syracuse had five players — Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson — score at least 10 points. TSU was led by Derrick Griffin (who also played football for the Tigers), who put up 20 points and nine rebounds.The Texas Southern Report: The Tigers don’t play a single nonconference home game, lining their schedule with tough nonconference games. They’ve already played Gonzaga and Ohio State and will play Kansas three days after playing the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Tigers were led by Demontrae Jefferson in the first two games, as he averaged 21 points over the first two games of the season. He was suspended in last week’s matchup against Ohio State.Jefferson aside, the Tigers have Massachusetts graduate transfer Donte Clark who has put up 17.3 points per game, adding 9.7 rebounds. TSU is missing two of its top four scorers from a year ago, though.The Tigers also run out 7-foot-2 center Trayvon Reed, which will negate the size advantage the Orange has with Paschal Chukwu.How Syracuse beats Texas Southern: The Orange struggled a little bit against Iona, but a similar game plan should lead the Orange to victory. Tyus Battle is averaging 23 points per game over the first two, and the Tigers don’t really have the personnel to match up with him. If SU can limit mistakes on both ends, it shouldn’t have an issue winning the game.Stats to know: 52.6 percentSyracuse has shot a better 52.6 percent combined in the second halves of its last two games. Comparatively, the Orange has shot just 37.2 percent in the first half.Player to watch: Donte Clark, guard, No. 1Clark is a volume scorer, averaging 17.3 points but shooting just 40.5 percent. Even though he stands at just 6-foot-4, he’s crashed the glass, adding nearly 10 rebounds per game. He could be prone to mistakes, though, as he’s racked up more turnovers (10) than assists (9). The Orange will have to try and limit his scoring while forcing him into mistakes. Comments Published on November 18, 2017 at 10:40 am Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more