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1111 - Elections Policy

Policy 1111



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, if any. 

A person may become a candidate for a place on the board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the 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 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.  

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   1610 Conflicts of Interest 

Legal Reference: RCW 28A.343.300 Directors—Elections—Terms—Numbers 

RCW 28A.343.320 Directors—Declarations of Candidacy 
RCW 28A.343.330 Directors—Ballots-Form 
RCW 28A.343.340 Directors—Elected when—Qualifications 
RCW 29A.04.151 Residence 
RCW 29A.24.141 Void in candidacy-exception 
RCW 29A.24.171 Vacancies in office 
RCW 29A.24.181 Regular filing period-Voids in candidacy 
RCW 29A.24.191 Scheduled election lapses, when 
RCW 29A.52.210 Local primaries 
RCW 42.12.010 Causes of vacancy  

Adoption Date: October 8, 2013