Key Dates for November 2019 School Board Elections
If you are preparing for the fall school board elections, these key dates can help. Download a PDF outlining the key dates.
First day to file nomination papers with the board secretary.
Last day to file nomination papers with the board secretary. Deadline is 5 p.m.
Board secretaries deliver nomination papers to controlling commissioner. Deadline is noon.
Vacancies or resignations on a school board occurring after this date must be filled at the school board election if a valid petition for election is filed. Any appointments made will be temporary until the election. Note that this is a Saturday.
Last day candidates may withdraw. Last day written objections to nomination papers or eligibility of candidates may be filed. Deadline is 5 p.m.
School election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Nov. 12 or 13:
Tier 1 canvass of votes for all school districts: first Monday or Tuesday after the election, unless these dates fall on a legal holiday, then it pushes back one day. This is the only and final election canvass for school districts located within one county.
Nov. 18 or 19:
Tier 2 canvass of votes for districts whose boundary lines fall within multiple counties: second Monday or Tuesday after the election. This is the second and final election canvass for those districts.
Annual Meeting vs. Organizational Meeting:
Review the differences between an Annual Meeting and Organizational Meeting, and read guidance
on when these meetings should take place with the school elections change from September to November in odd-numbered years.
No date is legally specified for the organizational meeting. It is the board's first regular or special meeting following the final canvass. During this meeting, the board organizes for the new term.