• School Board Election

    Board of Trustees Election – November 3, 2020

    Board of Trustees Information

    The Midland ISD Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to serve, without compensation, for four-year terms and represent the entire school district.  Elections are held in November of even-numbered years.  All Midland ISD residents who meet eligibility requirements as specified in Board Policy BBA (Legal) and Tex. Elec. Code § 141.001; Tex. Educ. Code § 11.066 may run for a position.  Four trustee positions will be up for election on November 3, 2020.  Eligible residents, residing within district boundaries in Districts 1, 2, 4, and 7, considering running for school board can access a free online training course through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) which explains the roles and responsibilities of the position. The Texas Election Code designates the Secretary of State as the chief election officer of the State of Texas.  In order to provide information on the electoral process to all Texans, the office has prepared a guide with information regarding the election process.

    https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/2020/index.shtml

    Requirements for Filing for Candidacy

    Per BBA (Legal) and Election Code 31.0021, 141.031, .039:

     A candidate application for a place on the ballot must:

    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, including:
    5. The candidate’s name, date of birth, and occupation;
    6. The candidate’s residence address or the address at which the candidate receives mail with a description of the location of the candidate’s residence;
    7. The candidate’s length of continuous residence in Texas and in the District (and single member district, if applicable) as of the date the candidate swears to the application;
    8. If available, a public mailing and email address at which the candidate receives correspondence relating to the candidate’s campaign;
    9. The office sought, including any place or other distinguishing number and an indication of whether the office sought is for a full or unexpired term;
    10. Statements that the candidate is a U.S. citizen; has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; has not been convicted of a felony; is aware of the nepotism law; and swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Texas Constitutions and laws

     

    Eligibility requirements, per BBA (Legal):

     

    To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school board member, a person must:

    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.
    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:
    6. For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot.
    7. For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in.
    8. For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made.
    9. Be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at item 5, above.

     

    Election Code 1.020, 141.001(a); Gov’t Code 601.009; Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. Civ. App.—Dallas 1980, no writ); Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14

     

    A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b) defines “Qualified voter” as a person who:

    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.

     

    Election Code 1.020, 11.002

     

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

     

    Application Process

    https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/index.shtml

    https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/2-21f.pdf

    https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/coh.pdf

    https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/data/forms/coh/cfcp.pdf

    A packet with the application forms and other important information can be picked up beginning on July 20, 2020, at the Midland ISD Superintendent’s office, 615 W. Missouri Ave, Midland, Texas.  They can also be accessed with the attached links. 

    Completed forms must be filed by the deadline of August 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at the Midland ISD Administration office.  All applications filed and information contained within those applications becomes public records and open to inspection upon request. 

    Important Dates for the November 3, 2020 Election

    Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

    First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020

    First Day to File for a Place on the Ballot

    Saturday, July 18, 2020

    Last Day to File for a Place on the Ballot

    Monday, August 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Monday, October 5, 2020

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, October 19, 2020

    Last Day to Apply for a Ballot by Mail

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    Election Day

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

     

    Polling Locations 

    Early Voting by Personal Appearance:

    Midland County Elections Office, 2110 N A St, Midland, TX 79705

    Other early voting locations will be announced at a later date.

    Election Day:

    Midland County Elections Office, 2110 N A St, Midland, TX 79705

    Other election-day locations will be announced at a later date.

    Contact Information:

    For additional information, contact Veronica Ramirez, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, by phone at 432-240-1002, email at veronica.ramirez@midlandisd.net, or by mail at 615 W. Missouri Ave., Midland Texas 79701.

     

    Other resources:

    BBB Legal and Local regarding Board Member Elections

    https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/886?filename=BBC(LEGAL).pdf

    https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/886?filename=BBB(LOCAL).pdf

    https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2020-important-election-dates.shtml