Methods Of Election-Position or Place
Election of Trustees is by position or place in accordance with Texas law. The decision to elect Trustees by this method shall not be rescinded. Education Code 11.058
An application of a candidate for a place on the ballot must be filed not later than 5:00 pm of the 78th day before the day of the election. An application may not be filed earlier than the 30th day before the date of the filing deadline. The application shall include all statutorily required information, including a statement that the candidate is aware of the nepotism law. Education Code 11.055(a), 11.056(b); Election Code 31.0021, 141.031(4)
A candidate shall not take affirmative action to influence a District employee or current Trustee regarding the appointment, reappointment, employment, confirmation, reemployment, change in status, compensation, or dismissal of a person related to the candidate within a prohibited degree of relationship under the nepotism law. [See DBE(EXHIBIT)] However, this prohibition does not apply to a candidate's actions taken with respect to a bona fide class or category of employees or prospective employees. Gov't Code 573.042
General Election Dates
Election of Trustees of the District shall be on a Uniform Election Date, usually the first Saturday in May. Election Code 41.001
The election date for 2016 has been set for May 7, 2016.
Applications may be filed beginning January 20, 2016.
The last day to file an application for a name on the ballot is February 19, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
The last day to file an application for a write-in candidate is February 23, 2016
The last day for a candidate to withdraw, by submission of a Certificate of Withdrawal or a notarized letter, is February 26, 2016.
A call for an election shall be made not later than the 45th day before election day. Notice of the election shall be published at least once, not earlier than the 30th day or later than the tenth day before election day, in a newspaper published within the District's boundaries or in a newspaper of general circulation in the District if none is published within the District's boundaries. Election Code 3.005, 4.003(a)(1)
The notice shall state the nature and date of the election, the location of each polling place, and the hours the polls will be open. The Board shall retain a copy of the published notice that contains the name of the newspaper and the date of publication and shall preserve that copy for 60 days after election day. Election Code 4.004, 4.005, 66.058(a)
In addition to the notice described above, the District shall, not later than the 21st day before election day, post a copy of the notice on the bulletin board used for posting notices of the meetings of the Board. The notice must include the location of each polling place. The person posting the notice shall make a record at the time of posting stating the date and place of posting. The person shall sign the record and deliver it to the Board after the last posting is made. Election Code 4.003(b), 4.005
Election of Unopposed Candidate
The Board may declare an unopposed candidate elected to the office if:
1. Each candidate whose name is to appear on the ballot is unopposed, and
2. No proposition is to appear on the ballot.
A write-in vote may not be counted for a person who has not filed a declaration of write-in candidacy with the Secretary of the Board in the manner provided for write-in candidates in a general election for state and county officers. To the extent practicable and in accordance with rules adopted by the secretary of state, Election Code Chapter 146, Subchapter B, shall govern write-in voting in Trustee elections. Education Code 11.056
Posting Signs at Polling Places
A person other than an election officer commits an offense if the person posts a sign, card, poster, or similar material at a polling place, including the area within 100 feet of an outside door through which a voter may enter the building in which the polling place is located. Election Code 62.013(b)
The Board shall canvass the returns at the time set by the presiding officer, not earlier than the third day or later than the eleventh day after election day for an election other than the general election for state and county officers. Two members of the Board constitute a quorum for purposes of canvassing an election.
Determination of Results
The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for each respective position is entitled to serve as Trustee. Education Code 11.057