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Rockwall ISD Board Postpones Board Election to November
Update as of 3/23/2020
At their Monday night monthly Board of Trustees meeting, the Rockwall ISD Board members approved postponing the May 2, 2020, local election for at-large board seats Place 6 and Place 7 to the November 3, 2020 general election.
A proclamation issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on March 18, 2020, allows governmental subdivisions the authority to postpone the May 2 election date to November 3, 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees exercised this authority with the action taken at their monthly board meeting.
While the election has been postponed, the candidate filing period will not re-open.
Important dates for the November election include:
- Voter registration deadline - October 5, 2020
- Deadline to submit an application for ballot by mail - October 23, 2020
- Dates for early voting - October 19, 2020 – October 30, 2020
Trustees 2020 Election
UPDATE: The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees took action at their monthly board meeting on March 23, 2020, to postpone the May 2 election to November 3, 2020. While the election has been postponed, the candidate filing period will not be re-open.
Uniform Election Date (Board Election): Saturday, May 2, 2020
Application packets will be available on January 7, 2020, at the Rockwall ISD Administration Building, 1050 Williams St. Rockwall, TX 75087. Applications will be filed at this same location.
The first day to file an application for Place on the Ballot: January 15, 2020
Last day for a candidate to file an application: February 14, 2020
Locations based on the last election as designated by Rockwall County Elections Administrator:
ELECTION DAY polling places and precincts for said election are hereby designated as follows:
- Polling Place 1 - Rockwall County Library, 1215 E. Yellow Jacket Lane, Rockwall, TX 75087
- Polling Place 2 - Heath City Hall, 200 Laurence, Heath, TX 75032
- Polling Place 3 - Fate City Hall, 1900 C. D. Boren Parkway, Fate, TX 75087
- Polling Place 4 - McLendon-Chisholm City Hall, 1371 West FM 550, McLendon-Chisholm, TX 75032
Location is based on the last election as designated by Kaufman County Elections Administrator:
Kaufman County Courthouse Annex, 100 North Washington Street, Kaufman, Texas 75142
Location is based on the last election as designated by Collin County Elections Administrator:
Collin County Elections Office, 2010 Redbud Blvd., Ste. 102, McKinney, Texas 75069
Candidates can find additional election information here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2020-important-election-dates.shtml
Form, Content, and Procedure: An application for a place on the ballot must be in writing; signed, sworn to by the candidate before a person authorized to administer an oath, and dated;timely filed with the district’s filing authority (often the superintendent’s secretary or anotherdesignated district employee); and contain specified information about the candidate:
- the candidate’s name, date of birth, and occupation;
- the candidate’s residence address or the address at which the candidate receives mail with a description of the location of the candidate’s residence;
- the candidate’s length of continuous residence in Texas and in the district (and single member district, if applicable) as of the date the candidate swears to the application;
- if available, a public mailing address and email address at which the candidate receives correspondence relating to the candidate’s campaign;
- the office sought, including any place or other distinguishing number and an indication of whether the office sought is for a full or unexpired term;
- statements that the candidate is a U.S. citizen; has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; has not been convicted of a felony; is aware of the nepotism law; and swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Texas Constitutions and laws.
Eligibility: An individual is eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a Texas school board if the individual:
- is a United States citizen;
- is 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on
- the date of appointment, as applicable;
- has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
- has not been finally convicted of a felony;
- has resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
o for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for acandidate’s application
for a place on the ballot;
o for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name iswritten in; or
o for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
- is registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described above; and
- satisfies any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.
The Texas Education Code imposes additional requirements:
• To be elected to a school board, an individual must be a qualified voter: 18 years of age or older, a U.S citizen, a Texas resident, a registered voter, not
determined to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated by an appropriate court, and not finally convicted of a felony. Tex. Educ. Code § 11.061; Tex. Elec. Code § 11.002.
• A person is ineligible to serve on a school board if the person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Texas Penal Code section 43.02(b) regarding prostitution. Tex. Educ. Code § 11.066.