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School Board Elections

BGISD School Board Election:
 Saturday, May 7, 2022
BGISD Notice of General Election for May 7, 2022
The canvass of the May 7, 2022 Election.
Candidate Eligibility Requirements:
 An individual is eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a Texas school board if the individual:
1. is a US citizen;
2. is 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. 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 from which the individual has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
5. has 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:
  a. for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot;
  b. for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in; or
  c. for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
6. is registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described at 5. above; and
7. satisfies any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office. 
Additionally, to be elected to a school board, an individual must be a qualified voter; 18 years of age or older, a US citizen, a Texas resident, a registered voter, not determined to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated by an appropriate court, and not finally convicted of a felony. Tex. Educ. Code 11.061; Tex. Elec. Code 11.002
A person is ineligible to serve on a school board if their person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Texas Penal Code section 43.02(b) regarding prostitution. Tex. Educ. Code 11.066

School District Elections from the Texas Secretary of State

Current state law requires a candidate for trustee of an independent school district to be a qualified voter by the time required by Election Code Section 141.001. An application for place on the ballot (PDF) must be filed with the secretary of the school district board. In a special election held by a school district, an application for a place on the special election ballot (PDF) must be filed with the secretary of the school district board. This duty is typically delegated to someone in the school district office.

NOTE:  We reviewed designing a new form just for school districts in order to better reflect the additional felony rules at Education Code Section 11.066.  However, we currently lack statutory authority for a separate ISD form. You can educate candidates about the requirement in your web posting for qualifications.  See Advisory No.2019-19 - NEW LAW: Web Posting Requirements for Political Subdivisions - House Bill 305, House Bill 440, Senate Bill 902, House Bill 933, House Bill 1850, and House Bill 2640 for details.