Board elections shall be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years.
A person is legally qualified to become a board member who is a United States citizen and a qualified voter resident in the school district and appropriate director district.
A person may become a candidate for a place on the board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the Pierce County auditor during the filing period, as prescribed by law.
In the event that there are more than two candidates for any position on the board, a primary election shall be held in the manner prescribed by state law. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will appear on the election ballot in November.
If, prior to the first day of the regular filing period, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot, leaving an unexpired term for which a successor must be elected at the next general election, filings for that position will be accepted during the regular filing period. The filing officer will provide notice of the vacancy and filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The position will appear on the primary and general election ballots unless no primary is required.
If, on the first day of the regular filing period or later, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot leaving an unexpired term, the election of the successor will occur at the next succeeding general election that the office is allowed by law to have an election.
If, following the regular filing period and deadline to withdraw, but prior to the day for the primary, a void in candidacy occurs, the filing officer will reopen the filing period of three normal business days. The filing officer will provide notice of the special filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for that school director in the general election is deemed elected.
|Cross Reference:||Board Policy||1114||Board Member Resignation and Vacancies|
|1610||Conflicts of Interest|
|Legal References:||RCW 28A.323.040||Joint school districts — Designation of county to which joint school district belongs|
|RCW 28A.343.300||Directors — Terms — Numbers|
|RCW 28A.343.320||Directors — Declarations of candidacy — Positions as separate offices|
|RCW 28A.343.330||Directors — Ballots — Form|
|RCW 28A.343.340||Directors — When elected — Eligibility|
|RCW 29A.24.141||Void in candidacy—exception|
|RCW 29A.24.181||Reopening of filing —before eleventh Tuesday before general election|
|RCW 29A.24.191||Scheduled election lapses, when|
|RCW 29A.52.210||Local primaries|
|RCW 42.12.010||Causes of vacancy|
|Policy News, August 2011||Legislature clarifies law on vacancies and voids in candidacy, primary election date changes|
|Policy News, October 2006||Changes in Election Law|
Adoption Date: 08.08.02
Former Policy Number: 1003
Clover Park School District