Rowland USD Board Bylaw
Governing Board Elections
The governing authority of the Rowland Unified School District is vested in the Board of Education composed of five members elected, at large, from the community.
The election for members of the Governing Board is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of statewide elections.
Last year, the California Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law SB 415, the California Voter Participation Rights Act (CVPRA). The CVPRA became effective on January 1, 2016. This new law requires a local educational agency to hold an election on a statewide election date if holding an election on a non-concurrent date has previously resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout. Because the voter turnout for the 2015 election was less than 75% of the average turnout for the 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008 elections, the Rowland Unified School District is required to consolidate its elections with statewide elections. The next election will take place in November of 2018. (Adopted by Board of Education 12/13/16).
The election is called by the County Superintendent of Schools at least 110 days prior to the election date.
The term of office is four years, beginning the first Friday in December following the election.
Board election procedures shall be conducted in accordance with the California Education Code and Elections Code.
Any person is eligible to be a Board member if he/she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter and not legally disqualified from holding civil office (Education Code 35107).
In the event of a tie vote between candidates in a Governing Board election, the winner shall be determined by lot.
Any registered voter who is a resident of the district may file a written declaration of candidacy for Board member with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder. The declaration must be filed between the 88th and 68th days prior to the election. If nomination papers for an incumbent are not filed on the 68th day before the election, the voters have until the 63rd day to nominate candidates other than the incumbent. Forms and instructions are available in the office of the County Registrar-Recorder located at 12400 E. Imperial Highway, Norwalk, California 90650. www.lavote.net
Statements of Qualifications
Section 13307 of the California Elections Code provides that a candidate for a local office may submit a statement of qualifications to be presented and forwarded to the voters along with the sample ballot. In addition to an English language statement, candidates may elect to submit statements of qualifications in other languages as determined by the County.
Statements of qualifications shall be limited to 200 words.
Candidates wishing to avail themselves of the privilege of submitting a qualifications statement shall be required to pay for the cost of such statement or statements, when additional languages are used.
1. The Board shall set the tentative amount to be paid to the Registrar-Recorder, County of Los Angeles, at time of filing, based upon historical experience of the district. The amount established will be for each qualifications statement submitted.
2. Any additional cost incurred by candidates above the base fee established by the Board shall be paid by the district.
3. Any reimbursements due to candidates for overpayment of the established filing fee shall be sent to candidates by the Registrar-Recorder, County of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Office handles the election process. For further information, please visit www.lavote.net
1006 Qualifications for holding office, county board of education
5300-5304 General provisions (conduct of elections)
5320-5329 Order and call of elections
5340-5345 Consolidation of elections
5360-5363 Election notice
5380 Compensation (of election officer)
5390 Qualifications of voters
5420-5426 Cost of elections
5440-5442 Miscellaneous provisions
7054 Use of district property
35107 Eligibility; school district employees
35177 Campaign expenditures or contributions
35239 Compensation of governing board member of districts with less than 70 ADA
1302 Local elections, school district election
2201 Grounds for cancellation
4000-4004 Elections conducted wholly by mail
10400-10418 Consolidation of elections
10509 Notice of election by secretary
10600-10604 School district elections
13307 Candidate's statement
13309 Candidate's statement, indigency
20440 Code of Fair Campaign Practices
1021 Conviction of crime
1097 Illegal participation in public contract
12940 Nondiscrimination, Fair Employment and Housing Act
81000-91014 Political Reform Act
74 Acceptance of gratuity
424 Embezzlement and falsification of accounts by public officers
661 Removal for neglect or violation of official duty
Article 2, Section 2 Voters, qualifications
Article 7, Section 7 Conflicting offices
Article 7, Section 8 Disqualification from office
Randall v. Sorrell, (2006) 126 S.Ct. 2479
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
85 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 49 (2002)
83 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 181 (2000)
81 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 98 (1998)
69 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 290 (1986)