Elections

  • The Bastrop ISD Communications Office oversees elections concerning school board members, bonds, tax rates and other measures that fall under the District's jurisdiction, in cooperation and/or contract with the Bastrop County Elections Office. Important documents related to school board candidacy and elections is located at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions related to filing to be a candidate, please contact Dr. Kristi Lee, Executive Director of Communications & Community Relations at (512) 772-7143.

    Board of Trustee Elections

    There are seven members of the Bastrop ISD Board of Trustees, each elected at-large to serve staggered three-year terms. The terms of one-third of the trustees, or as near to one-third as possible, expire each year. Education Code 11.051(b), 11.059. Board members shall be elected for three-year terms with elections held each year in May, as indicated below. The terms and expirations are as follows:

    Places 1 and 2 expires in 2021

    Places 3 and 4 expires in 2020

    Places 5, 6 and 7 expires in 2019

     

    Candidates on the ballot for the May 4, 2019 election include Chris Dillon (incumbent for Place 5), Amy Fariss (Place 5), Matthew Mix (incumbent for Place 6), and Ashley Mutschink (incumbent for Place 7). Candidate information is available at Bastrop Votes, an initiative of the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce.

    Important Election Dates

    Applications for a place on the Bastrop Independent School District Regular Election ballot for the May 4, 2019 election may be filed from January 16, 2019, to February 15, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bastrop ISD Administration Building at 906 Farm Street in Bastrop, TX.

     

    General Qualifications

    A person may not be elected trustee of an independent school district unless the person is a qualified voter. Education Code 11.061(b). To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school Board Trustee, a person must:

    • Be a United States citizen.
    • Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable.
    • Have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court.
    • Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
    • Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996)
    • Be a resident of Texas and the District for the period of time described at Candidate’s Residency Term, below. Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14 Election Code 141.001(a); Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d 287 (Tex. Civ. App.-Dallas 1980, no writ)
    • Be a registered voter.
    • Education Code 11.061(b); Election Code 11.002
    • Take the official oath of office.
    • Education Code 11.061(a)
    • Serve without compensation. Education Code 11.061(d)

     

    Candidate’s Residency Term

    Prefiled Candidacy: An individual seeking election to the office of Trustee by having his or her name placed on the ballot must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot. 

    Write-In Candidacy: An individual seeking election to the office of Trustee by write-in vote must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the day of the election.

    Appointment to Office

    An individual appointed to the office of Trustee must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the day on which the appointment is made. Election Code 141.001(a)(5)

    Residence Defined

    “Residence” shall mean domicile, one’s home and fixed place of habitation to which one intends to return after any temporary absence; one does not lose one’s residence status by leaving to go to another place for temporary purposes only. A person does not acquire a residence in a place to which the person has come for temporary purposes only and without the intention of making that place the person’s home. Residence shall be determined in accordance with the common-law rules, as enunciated by the courts of this state, except as otherwise provided by the Election Code. Election Code 1.015

    Order of Elections Issued for School Board members

    Policy BBB regarding elections

    Application for a Place on the Ballot

    Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer

    Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer- Instructions

    Campaign Finance Report

    Campaign Finance Report- Instructions

    Code of Fair Campaign Practices

    Prohibition Against Using Political Subdivision Resources

    Political Advertising- What you need to know