Requirements: 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 another designed district employee); and contain specified information about the candidate.
- Candidate’s name
- 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) ad 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 filed at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
- Has not been determined by a final judgement 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 elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
- For an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
- For a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in; or
- For an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made; and
- 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.
Texas Election Code § 141.001; Texas Education Code § 11.066
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.
Texas Education Code § 11.061; Texas Election 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.
Texas Education Code § 11.066
First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot is Saturday, July 18, 2020 and
Last day to file for a Place on the General Election Ballot is Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.