The qualified voters of the Jefferson City School District shall annually elect two (2) directors for
terms of three (3) years each on the municipal election day in April. An additional director shall
be elected triennially. Unexpired vacant terms will be filled in accordance with law.
Before the sixteenth Tuesday preceding the election, the Board shall publish in at least one (1)
newspaper of general circulation in the district the opening filing date, the offices to be filled, the
place for filing, the closing date for filing and a statement that candidates filing on the first day
of filing will be listed on the ballot in random order.
Qualified applicants for the Board may file a declaration of candidacy during business hours in the
superintendent's office commencing at 8:00 a.m. on the sixteenth Tuesday prior to the election and
ending at 5:00 p.m. on the eleventh Tuesday prior to the election. The candidate shall declare his
or her intent to become a candidate in person and in writing to the secretary of the Board of
Education or designee.
The names of qualified candidates shall be placed on the ballot in order of filing, except that for
candidates who file a declaration of candidacy prior to 5:00 p.m. on the first day of filing, the
district shall determine by random drawing the order in which such candidates' names shall appear
on the ballot. Each candidate filing on the first day shall draw a number at random at the time of
filing. The district shall record the number drawn with the candidate's declaration of candidacy.
The names of candidates filing on the first day of filing shall be listed in ascending order of the
numbers so drawn and ahead of the names of candidates filing on a later date.
The notice of election and certification of candidates must be submitted to the election authority
by the tenth Tuesday prior to the election in the manner provided by law. After the tenth Tuesday
prior to the election, the candidate list may only be modified pursuant to court order, in
accordance with law.
Prior to the district's certification of candidates to the election authority, a candidate may withdraw
from the election by presenting to the district a notarized written statement of his or her intention
to withdraw. After the deadline for certification of candidates to the election authority, a candidate
may only withdraw pursuant to court order, in accordance with law.
The district will provide each candidate a copy of the Notice of Candidate's Obligation to File
Financial Interest Statement and a plain language summary of the applicable laws provided by the
Missouri Ethics Commission as required by law. Candidates must comply with laws concerning
eligibility, campaign financing and campaign disclosures.
If candidates have filed for a position, a person interested in becoming a write-in candidate must
file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate with the proper election authority prior to
5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day in order for the votes to
be counted. If no candidates have filed for the position, filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate is not necessary.
No Election Held
No election will be held if, after the last date of candidate filing, the number of candidates who
have filed is equal to the number of positions to be filled by the election. However, if the number
of candidates filing exceeds the number of positions, the election will be held even if a sufficient
number of candidates withdraw so that the remaining candidates are equal to the number of
positions to be filled.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Cross Refs: AA, School District Legal Status
Legal Refs: §§ 105.470, .483 - .487, .973, 115.121 - .127, .453, 162.261, .291, .341, .371,
.381, .459, 493.050, RSMo.
Ch. 130, RSMo.
Jackson Election Committee v. Paluka, 13 S.W.3d 684 (Mo.App.W.D. 2000)
Jefferson City School District, Jefferson City, Missouri
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