Thursday, November 3, 2016

School board election reminders

Candidates for the April 4, 2017 school board election need to turn in signed nominating petitions to the county clerk’s office or the county board of election commissioners between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Nominating petitions (either form P-7 or P-7a) must be signed by at least 50 registered voters who live in the district, or 10 percent of the registered voters who reside in the district, whichever is less.

A candidate’s petition must include a statement of candidacy, the name of the school district, the name and street address of the candidate, whether the office is a full or partial term, the date of the election, the number of voter signatures required, the notarized signature of the petition circulator, and a receipt indicating that a statement of economic interests is on file with the county clerk.

Other dates regarding school board elections include last date to file objections to nominating petitions (Dec. 27); last date to file a withdrawal of candidacy form (Jan. 26), last date to file a declaration of intent as a write-in candidate (Feb. 2). 

IASB offers further election information and candidate guidance on its public website.