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

  • TASB Legal Services' Notice of Candidate Filing Period for May 4, 2019 Election (pdf) advises districts of the requirement to notify the public of the filing period for running for school trustee on May 4, 2019. The deadline to post this notice is December 17, 2018.
  • TASB Legal Services' November 2018 Election Memo (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about the November 2018 trustee elections, including joint elections, cancellation of elections, canvassing, and more.
  • TASB Legal Services' May 2018 Trustee Elections (pdf) answers frequently asked questions about May 2018 trustee elections, including joint elections, cancellation of elections, canvassing, and more.
  • TASB Legal Services' Guide to School District Elections available for sale in the TASB store, is intended to assist school district officials with the procedures and practices involved in conducting school district elections.
  • TASB Leadership Team Services offers a candidate's guide and related resources.
  • TASB Leadership Team Services offers a free online course for school board candidates.
  • For information on tax ratification elections, see eSource at Business – School Finance and Revenue – Tax Ratification Elections.

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.