School Board Elections

Elections

  • Membership

    The Board shall consist of seven members.

    Method of Election

    Election of Board members shall be by place.

    Election Date

    General election of Board members shall be on the November uniform election date.

    Terms and Election Schedule

    Board members shall be elected for three-year terms, with elections conducted annually, as follows:

    Places 1 and 2

    The election for places 1 and 2 shall be held in 2020, 2023, 2026, and in three-year intervals thereafter.

    Places 3 and 4

    The election for places 3 and 4 shall be held in 2018, 2021, 2024, and in three-year intervals thereafter.

    Places 5, 6, and 7

    The election for places 5, 6, and 7 shall be held in 2019, 2022, 2025, and in three-year intervals thereafter.

    Method of Voting

    Plurality

    To be elected, a candidate must receive more votes than any other candidate for the place. 

    District Policy BBB(Local)

Qualifications

  • Eligibility

    1. Be a United States citizen.
    2. Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
    3. Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
    4. Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities [but see Ineligibility below].
    5. Have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
      1. For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
      2. For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in.
      3. For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made.
    6. Be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at item 5, above.

    Qualfied Voter

    1. Is 18 years of age or older;
    2. Is a United States citizen;
    3. Has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
    4. Has not been finally convicted of a felony [see also Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996) (concluding that caveat at Election Code 11.002 does not mitigate blanket prohibition in Election Code 141.001, above at Eligibility)];
    5. Is a resident of this state; and
    6. Is a registered voter.

    Residency

    "Residence" Defined

    Note:The issue of whether a candidate has satisfied residency requirements should be judicially determined. State v. Fischer, 769 S.W.2d 619 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 1989, writ dism'd w.o.j.)

    Intent to Return

    Single-Member Districts

    Ineligibility

    A person is ineligible to serve as a member of the board of a district if the person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Penal Code 43.02(b) (prostitution). Education Code 11.066 

    District Policy BBA(Legal)

Conducting Elections

  • Notice of Polling Place

    Election Order

    1. The date of the election;
    2. The offices or measures to be voted on;
    3. The early voting clerk's official mailing address;
    4. The location of the main early voting polling place;
    5. The dates and hours for early voting; and
    6. The dates and hours of any Saturday and Sunday early voting.

    Failure to Order an Election

    Election Notice

    Contents

    1. The nature and date of the election;
    2. The location of each polling place;
    3. The hours the polls will be open;
    4. The early voting clerk's official mailing address;
    5. The location of the main early voting polling place; and
    6. The dates and hours for early voting, including the dates and hours of any Saturday and Sunday early voting.

    Notice of Special Election

    Publication

    Posting

    Note:For additional website posting requirements regarding the date and location of the next election, see CQA.

    Notice to County Clerk and Voter Registrar

    Notice to Election Judge

    1. The nature and date of the election;
    2. The location of the polling place for the precinct served by the judge;
    3. The hours that the polls will be open;
    4. The judge's duty to hold the election in the precinct specified by the notice; and
    5. The maximum number of clerks that the judge may appoint for the election.

    Failure to Give Notice of Election

    Filing Information

    Notice to Candidates

    Note:For additional website posting requirements regarding the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of board member, see CQA.

    Application

    1. Be in writing;
    2. Be signed and sworn to before a person authorized to administer an oath in this state by the candidate and indicate the date that the candidate swears to the application;
    3. Be timely filed with the appropriate authority; and
    4. Include all statutorily required information.

    Deadline

    Death of Candidate

    1. The authority responsible for preparing the ballots may choose to omit the candidate from the ballot; and
    2. If the authority omits the candidate's name under item 1, the filing deadline for an application for a place on the ballot for the office sought by the candidate is extended until the fifth day after the filing deadline.

    Write-in Candidate

    Special Election

    1. 5:00 p.m. of the 62nd day before election day if election day is on or after the 70th day after the election is ordered; or
    2. 5:00 p.m. of the 40th day before election day if election day is on or after the 46th day and before the 70th day after the date the election is ordered.

    Exception

    Write-in Candidate

    Delivery or Submission of Documents

    Election of Unopposed Candidate

    Single-Member Districts

    Procedure for Canceling Election

    1. The withdrawal request is valid except for the untimely filing;
    2. Ballots have not been prepared; and
    3. The other conditions for certification are met.

    Ballot

    Drawing

    Election Services Contract

    Election Judges and Clerks

    Polling Places

    Electioneering

    Definitions

    Early Voting

    November Early Voting Polling Places

    1. Shall designate as an early voting polling place for the election an eligible county polling place located in the district; and
    2. May not designate as an early voting polling place a location other than an eligible county polling place unless each eligible county polling place located in the district is designated as an early voting polling place by the district.

    Temporary Branch Days and Hours

    1. Eight hours each day; or
    2. Three hours each day if the city or county clerk does not serve as the early voting clerk for the territory holding the election and the territory has fewer than 1,000 registered voters.

    Records

    Branch Daily Register

    Early Voting Rosters

    1. On the publicly accessible internet website of the district; or
    2. If the district does not maintain a website, on the bulletin board used for posting notice of board meetings.

    Conducting Elections

    Bilingual Materials

    Spanish

    Other Languages

    Voting Systems

    Accessible Voting Stations

    Electronic Voting System Exceptions

Candidate/Officeholder Filings

  • All GISD school board candidate and officeholder filings must be submitted to Faith Barnes, administrative assistant to the superintendent, in the GISD Administration Building at 217 N. Jones Street.

    This includes applications for a place on the ballot as well as campaign finance reports.

    Candidates and officeholders are responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of all filings.