BBB(LEGAL) - BOARD MEMBERS: ELECTIONS

Section I: Elections Generally

General Election Dates

  1. The first Saturday in May in an odd-numbered year.
  2. The first Saturday in May in an even-numbered year, for an election held by a political subdivision other than a county.
  3. The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Joint Elections Administrator

Membership

Blinn College

  1. May participate in the decision making of the board only in matters not related to the imposition of a tax or the distribution of revenue raised from a tax;
  2. Are counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum of the board is present only for the purpose of item 1; and
  3. May not serve as an officer of the board of trustees.

Weatherford College

  1. May not participate in the decision-making of the board in matters related to the imposition of a tax or an issue that only affects a campus located in the junior college district;
  2. Is not counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum of the board is present for the purpose of item 1; and
  3. May not serve as an officer of the board of trustees.

Increase in Membership

Trinity Valley Community College

Terms

Methods of Election

At-Large Positions

Single-Member Districts Generally

Board Order
Trustee Districts
Redistricting
Applicability
Single-Member Districts in Certain Counties

Election by Position

Paris Junior College

Boundary Change Notice

  1. Notify the voter registrar of the county in which the area subject to the boundary change is located of the adopted boundary change; and
  2. Provide the voter registrar with a map of an adopted boundary change in a format that is compatible with the mapping format used by the registrar's office.

Notice of Voting Rights

Delivery or Submission of Election Documents

Section II: Conducting an Election

Election Services

Election Order

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. For early voting:
    1. The location of the main early voting polling place, as determined under Election Code 85.002;
    2. The date that early voting will begin if under Education Code 85.001(d) the early voting period is to begin later than the prescribed date;
    3. The regular dates and hours that early voting will be conducted;
    4. The dates and hours that voting on Saturday and Sunday is ordered to be conducted; and
    5. The early voting clerk's official mailing address.
  5. The numbers of the positions to be filled;
  6. The candidates for each position; and
  7. Any other matters deemed necessary or advisable.
Notice of Special Election

Publication

Posting

Early Voting

  1. On the Internet website of the authority ordering the election, if the authority maintains a website; and
  2. For a primary election or general election, by the secretary of state on the secretary's Internet website.

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

General Election

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 Candidacy

Application

Withdrawal

Deadline

Exceptions
Late Request

Election of Unopposed Candidate

  1. A general election for officers of the political subdivision held at the same time as the special election; or
  2. Another special election of the political subdivision held at the same time as the special election.

Single-Member Districts

Procedure for Canceling Election

Exception
  1. The withdrawal request is valid except for the untimely filing;
  2. Ballots for the election have not been prepared; and
  3. The conditions for certification under Election Code 2.052(a) are otherwise met.
Declaration of Election

Ballot

Ballot Position

Propositions

  1. Except as provided by item 2, for each proposition on the ballot, the authority ordering the election shall assign a letter of the alphabet to the measure that corresponds to its order on the ballot; and
  2. For each proposition on the ballot to be voted on statewide, the authority ordering the election shall assign a number to the measure that corresponds to its order on the ballot.

Election Judges and Clerks

Polling Places

Use of County Election Precincts

  1. The general election for state and county officers;
  2. A special election ordered by the governor;
  3. A primary election;
  4. A countywide election ordered by the commissioners court, county judge, or other county authority, except an election subject to Election Code 42.062(2); and
  5. As provided by Election Code 42.0621, any other election held by a political subdivision, including college districts, on a uniform election date.
Exception
  1. Conducts early voting by personal appearance:
    1. At 75 percent or more of its permanent or temporary branch polling places on the same days and during the same hours as voting is conducted at the main early voting polling place; and
    2. At each remaining polling place for at least two consecutive days of voting during the early voting period, and for at least eight hours on each of the two consecutive days; or
  2. Has not established a permanent or temporary branch early voting polling place.

Polling Place for Early Voting

  1. Is not holding a joint election with a county in accordance with Election Code Chapter 271; and
  2. Has not executed a contract with a county elections officer under which the political subdivision and the county share early voting polling places for the election.

Posting Signs Prohibited

Electioneering

Use of Certain Devices Prohibited

Exception
  1. An election officer in conducting the officer's official duties;
  2. The use of election equipment necessary for the conduct of the election; or
  3. A person who is employed at the location in which a polling place is located while the person is acting in the course of the person's employment.

Bilingual Materials

Spanish

Other Languages

Voting Systems

Voting Machines and Punch-Card Ballots

Voters with Disabilities

Accessible Voting Stations
Electronic Voting System Exceptions
  1. With a population of less than 2,000;
  2. With a population of 2,000 or more but less than 5,000, and the political subdivision provides at least one voting station that meets the requirements for accessibility under 42 U.S.C. 15481(a)(3) on election day;
  3. With a population of 5,000 or more but less than 10,000, and the political subdivision provides at least one voting station that meets the requirements for accessibility under 42 U.S.C. 15481(a)(3) on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance;
  4. With a population of 10,000 or more but less than 20,000, and the political subdivision:
    1. Makes a showing in the manner provided by Election Code 61.103(c) that compliance with Section 61.012(a)(1)(C) constitutes an undue burden on the political subdivision;
    2. Provides at least one voting station that meets the requirements for accessibility under 42 U.S.C. 15481(a)(3) on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; and
    3. Provides a mobile voting station that meets the requirements for accessibility under 42 U.S.C. 15481(a)(3) that during the period for early voting by personal appearance is deployed at least once at each polling place used for early voting by personal appearance.
Multiple Counties
  1. To be considered located in the county that contains the greatest number of registered voters of the political subdivision; or
  2. For each portion of the political subdivision located in a different county, to be considered a separate political subdivision.
Multiple Voting Systems Permitted

Voting System Malfunction

Early Voting

Conducting Elections

Section III: Post-Election Procedures

Determination of Results

Majority

Runoff Elections

Write-In Voting

Canvass Returns

  1. The third day after election day;
  2. The date on which the early voting ballot board has verified and counted all provisional ballots, if a provisional ballot has been cast in the election; or
  3. The date on which all timely received ballots cast from addresses outside of the United States are counted, if a ballot to be voted by mail in the election was provided to a person outside of the United States.

Early Voting Canvass—November Election

Certificate of Election

  1. The candidate's name;
  2. The office to which the candidate is elected;
  3. A statement of election to an unexpired term, if applicable;
  4. The date of the election;
  5. The signature of the officer preparing the certificate; and
  6. Any seal used by the officer preparing the certificate to authenticate documents that the officer executes or certifies.

Certificate of Election for Unopposed Candidate

Officer's Statement

Oath of Office

  1. A judge, retired judge, or clerk of a municipal court.
  2. A judge, retired judge, senior judge, clerk, or commissioner of a court of record.
  3. A notary public.
  4. A justice of the peace or clerk of a justice court.
  5. An associate judge, magistrate, master, referee, or criminal law hearing officer.
  6. The secretary of state or a former secretary of state.
  7. The speaker of the house of representatives or a former speaker of the house of representatives.
  8. The lieutenant governor or a former lieutenant governor.
  9. The governor or a former governor.
  10. A legislator or retired legislator.
  11. The attorney general or a former attorney general.
  12. A county treasurer.

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DATE ISSUED: 12/5/2017