Elections

State and federal law govern the process for electing the over 7,000 school board members who serve in Texas' local school districts. The following are resources related to candidates and campaigning; conducting elections; and post-election procedures.

Eligibility and Qualifications
Election Procedures
Campaigning and Political Advocacy

Post-Election Resources

Eligibility and Qualifications

TASB Resources

Election Procedures

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • The Texas Secretary of State Elections Division School District Elections website provides a wealth of information, including election procedures, election calendars, joint election requirements, voter accessibility requirements, and Elections Division advisories and memos.
  • The Texas Ethics Commission Information for Candidates and Officeholders website provides information for board members and candidates about the campaign finance laws and campaigning as well as copies of forms they must submit.
  • The Texas Ethics Commission Local Filers and Filing Authorities website provides information for district elections administrators and candidates, such as the Local Candidate/Officeholder Campaign Finance Guide, the Guide to a Local Filing Authority's Duties under the Campaign Finance Laws, forms, and filing schedules.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Voting Section website provides guidelines for submission of certain procedural changes for federal review prior to conducting an election.

Campaigning and Political Advocacy

TASB Resources

Other Resources

Post-Election Resources

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' New Trustee Checklist (pdf) is a quick reference guide to help school districts get new trustees settled on the board, with a timeline of events from the election through a new trustee's first year of service.
  • TASB Legal Services' After the School Board Election (pdf) explains what to do immediately following the board election, including canvassing votes and reorganization.
  • TASB Legal Services’ offers the Officer’s Statement and Oath of Office (pdf) for use in qualifying appointed and elected board members for office.
  • TASB Leadership Team Services offers helpful guidance on what to do after an election, including electing board officers, bringing new members on board, and training.