1110 Election

Board elections shall be held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years.


A person is legally qualified to become a board member who is a United States citizen and a qualified voter resident in the school district and appropriate director district, if any.


A person may become a candidate for a place on the board by filing a declaration of candidacy with the county auditor during the May filing period, as prescribed by law. If the school district includes territory in two or more counties, the declaration of candidacy shall be filed with the county auditor of the county designated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as the county to which the district belongs, pursuant to RCW 28A.323.040.


In the event that there are more than two candidates for any position on the board, a primary election shall be held on the first Tuesday of August in the manner prescribed by law. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes will appear on the election ballot in November.


If, prior to the first day of the regular filing period, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot, leaving an unexpired term for which a successor must be elected at the next general election, filings for that position will be accepted during the regular filing period. The filing officer will provide notice of the vacancy and filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The position will appear on the primary and general election ballots unless no primary is required.


If, on the first day of the regular filing period or later, a vacancy occurs in a school director position that is not scheduled to appear on the general election ballot leaving an unexpired term, the election of the successor will occur at the next succeeding general election that the office is allowed by law to have an election.


If following the regular filing period and deadline to withdraw, but prior to the day for the primary, a void in candidacy occurs, the filing officer will reopen the filing period of three normal business days. The filing officer will provide notice of the special filing period to newspapers, radio, and television in the county, and online. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast for that school director in the general election is deemed elected.


Candidates for appointment or election to the board are urged to attend public meetings of the board. All public information about the school system will be made available to them.

Additionally, the board directs the superintendent to cooperate impartially with all candidates in providing them with information about school governance, board operations and school programs. Information to board candidates may include:

  1. Notifying the candidate of open meetings of the board, and providing an agenda;
  2. Meeting with the candidate to provide background information on the school system and board service and/or arranging such other candidate orientation sessions as the candidate may reasonably request;
  3. Providing each candidate with access to publications of the district, materials from the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the official minutes of board meetings and the district policy manual;
  4. Reviewing the district budget and related fiscal documents; and
  5. Providing each candidate with information regarding the Public Disclosure Act, Open Public Meetings Act and conflict of interest laws.


Cross Reference:

Board Policy

1115                         Vacancies

1610                        Conflicts of Interest



Legal References:

RCW 28A.323.040                       Joint school districts — Designation of county to which joint school district belongs

RCW 28A.343.300                       Directors — Terms — Numbers

RCW 28A.343.320                       Directors — Declarations of candidacy — Positions as separate offices

RCW 28A.343.330                       Directors — Ballots — Form

RCW 28A.343.340                       Directors — When elected — Eligibility

RCW 29A.04.151                         Residence

RCW 29A.24.141                         Void in candidacy—exception

RCW 29A.24.151                         Notice of void in candidacy

RCW 29A.24.181                         Reopening of filing —before eleventh Tuesday before general election

RCW 29A.24.191                         Scheduled election lapses, when

RCW 29A.52.210                         Local primaries

RCW 42.12.010                            Causes of vacancy



Management Resources:          Policy News, August 2011        Legislature clarifies law on vacancies and voids in candidacy, primary election date changes


Policy News, October 2006      Changes in Election Law

Adoption Date: 8.11


Methow Valley School District

Classification: Discretionary                                                                            WSSDA 8.11


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