Board Election Information
Winnsboro ISD Board of Trustee Election
May 2, 2020
January 15 First day to file an application for a place on the ballot.
February 14 Deadline to file application for a place on the ballot.
April 20 – 28 Early voting by personal appearance – Wood County Courthouse*
100 S. Main Street, Quitman, Texas
*Early voting location and times to be announced at the January Board meeting.
*The location is subject to change by the County Election administrator.
May 2 Election Day – City Auditorium on Wheeler Drive
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Qualifications – School Board Trustee (Education Code, Chapter 11)
- Residence -- 1 year in state and 6 months in school district prior to filing deadline (Texas Elec. Code, Section 141.001(a); Brown v. Patterson, 609 SW 2nd 287)
- Age -- 18 years
- Must be a registered voter in territory elected from by the filing deadline*
* Effective September 1, 2015, House Bill 484 amends Election Code Section 141.001 to provide a new general rule (for most offices) that a candidate must be a registered voter of the territory elected from as of the filing deadline (unless outside law conflicts). Given the effective date, the candidacy portion of the new law was NOT effective for candidates with applications due August 24, 2015 for the November 3, 2015 election (regular filing deadline) or any special election to fill a vacancy ordered before September 1, 2015. However, the new law applied to candidates in a special election ordered on or after September 1, 2015. Thus, candidates in a special election ordered on or after September 1, 2015, must be registered voters of the territory as of the date of the filing deadline for that election.
The new law also adds Government Code Section 601.009 to provide a new general rule that office-holders must be registered voters of the area they were elected from as of the time they are sworn in. Given the effective date, the officer-elect portion of the new law will be in effect for new officers elected November 3, 2015. This portion of the law is similar to requirements most general law cities and school districts already have. The new law will also apply to home-rule cities. Under the new law, the officer-elect must be registered to vote by the time of swearing in (qualifying for office).