Cut Bank School District #15
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Elections conducted by the District are nonpartisan and are governed by applicable election laws as found in Titles 13 & 20 of the Montana Code Annotated. The ballot at such elections may include candidates for trustee positions, various public policy propositions, and advisor questions.
Board elections shall take place on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in May of each year. Any person who is a qualified voter of the District is legally qualified to become a trustee. Any (5 – second-class and third-class or H.S.; 20 – first-class) qualified electors may nominate as many trustee candidates as there are trustee positions subject to election at the ensuing election. The name of each person nominated for candidacy shall be submitted to the District Clerk not less than forty (40) days before the regular school election day. If different terms are to be filled, the term for which each candidate is nominated also shall be indicated. Any person seeking to become a write-in candidate in a mail ballot election or for a trustee position in a school board election shall file a declaration of intent no later than 5:00 p.m. on the twenty-sixth (26th) day before the election. If the number of candidates filing for vacant positions or filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, the trustees may give notice no later than twenty-five (25) days before the election that a trustee election will not take place. If a trustee election is not held, the trustees shall declare the candidates elected by acclamation and shall issue a “certificate of election” to each candidate.
A candidate intending to withdraw from the election shall send a statement of withdrawal to the clerk of the district containing all information necessary to identify the candidate and the office for which the candidate was nominated. The statement of withdrawal must be acknowledged by the clerk of the district. A candidate may not withdraw less than thirty-eight (38) days before the school election.
In the event of an unforeseen emergency occurring on the date scheduled for the funding election, the district will be allowed to reschedule the election for a different day of the calendar year.
In years when the Legislature meets in regular session or in a special session that affects school funding, the trustees may order the election on a date other than the regular school election day in order for the electors to consider a proposition requesting additional funding under § 20-9-353, MCA.
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Legal Reference: § 13-10-211, MCA Declaration of intent for write-in candidates
§ 20-3-304, MCA Annual election
§ 20-3-305, MCA Candidate qualification, nomination and withdrawal
§ 20-3-313, MCA Election by acclamation – notice
§ 20-3-322, MCA Meetings and quorum
§ 20-3-322(5), MCA Meetings and quorum (unforeseen emergency definition)
§ 20-3-324(4), MCA Powers and duties
§ 20-3-344, MCA Nomination of candidates by petition in first-class elementary district
§ 20-9-353, MCA Additional financing for general fund – election for
authorization to impose
§ 20-20-105, MCA Regular school election day and special school elections – limitation – exception
§ 20-20-204, MCA Election Notice
§ 20-20-301, MCA Qualifications of elector