The board of directors is changing Pasco School District’s election system. Currently, all board members are elected “at large.” This means any eligible voter within the school district boundary can participate in the election of each board position. The school board has been studying whether a system of district-based elections would provide a better opportunity for voters to elect the candidate of their choice in school board elections. A district-based voting system will require a school board candidate to reside in a certain electoral district within the school district boundary and be elected only by voters residing within that same electoral district.
Washington Voting Rights Act (Ch. 29A.92 RCW)
The Washington Voting Rights Act provides a process for the board to change its election system. The process requires public notice of the proposed redistricting plan, a comment period, and a public hearing. On February 9, 2021, the board of directors approved a motion to complete this process no later than January 14, 2022. Board approval of a new election system by January 14, 2022 will result in a new election for all Pasco School District Board of Directors’ positions in the November 2022 General Election.
Information and Resources
You can view board meeting presentations on the election system change by clicking on these links:
For more information on the Washington Voting Rights act, visit the links below:
Information and data from the 2020 Census can be accessed on the U.S. Census Bureau's website:
Updates will be posted to this page and through the district’s Public Affairs Department. For additional information, email PublicAffairs@psd1.org or call (509) 546-2686.
Candidates for the November 2021 General Election
There are three school board member positions with terms that expire in November 2021. Any person running for one of these three positions could be impacted by the potential changes to the electoral system. If the board of directors approves a new electoral system before January 14, 2022, a candidate who is elected in November 2021 will need to run again in November 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions and information for candidates can be found on the Washington Secretary of State’s website HERE: www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/candidate-filing-faq.aspx.