School Elections

Michigan Election law (MCL 168.642c) stipulates that school board elections must be held in November of even years. (This change took effect 12-1-2012) All other federal, state, county, city, township, and school elections are restricted to the following four dates each year:

First Tuesday after the first Monday in:

  • May
  • August
  • November

Exceptions are provided for:

  • Special elections called under the State Legislature; and
  • School districts, intermediate school districts and community college districts that wish to present a millage proposal, bond proposal or a proposal to borrow funds on a date other than one of the four “fixed” election dates.

Individuals who are interested in running for a School Board position will need to contact the respective School in which they are a registered voter.

The Superintendent’s office will know the following information:

  • Number of board positions to be elected
  • If the positions are partial term or full term
  • Length of terms: Two year, four year, six year

What forms are required to file: (www.berriencounty.org/ Election Information / Information for candidates)

  • School Board Candidates Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing Form
  • Statement of Organization Form for Candidate / Committee (Campaign Finance Form)

Beginning in 2014– The filing deadline for candidates has changed it is now due 15 weeks BEFORE the date of the election.

Election Date

Election Type

Filing Deadline

Where to file

August 2, 2016

Primary election

April 19, 2016

Before 4pm - County Clerk’s Office - Courthouse

November 8, 2016

General election

July 26, 2016

Before 4pm – County Clerk’s Office - Courthouse

School Board/Intermediate School Board Positions: Candidates seeking a school board position may file a $100.00 nonrefundable fee, as detailed below, in lieu of a petition:

  • School district with less than 10,000 in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 6 signatures; maximum of 20 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.
  • School district with 10,000 or more in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 40 signatures; maximum of 100 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.
  • Intermediate school district with less than 10,000 in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 6 signatures; maximum of 20 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.
  • Intermediate school district with 10,000 or more in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 40 signatures; maximum of 100 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.
  • Community College Trustee Positions: In a community college district organized by an intermediate school district of over 1.5 million, the minimum number of valid signatures required is 250. A candidate may not file more than 500 signatures to cover the requirement. (MCL 389.83)

In all other community college districts, the following signature requirements apply (MCL 389.512 as amended under PA 62 of 2005):

  • Community college district with less than 10,000 in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 6 signatures; maximum of 20 signatures.  A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.
  • Community college district with 10,000 or more in population according to the most recent federal census: minimum of 40 signatures; maximum of 100 signatures. A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.

 ** Petition forms may be picked up at the county clerk’s office - Courthouse

 

 

Partisan
Petition

Non Partisan
Petition

Qualifying
Petition

 Population

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

 0 - 9,999

 3

 10

 6

 20

 9

 30

 10,000 - 24,999

 20

 50

 40

 100

 60

 150

 25,000 - 49,999

 50

 100

 100

 200

 150

 300

 50,000 - 74,999

 100

 200

 200

 400

 300

 600

 75,000 - 99,999

 200

 400

 400

 800

 600

 1,200

 100,000 - 199,999

300

 500

600

1,000

 900

 1,500

 200,000 - 499,999

500

1,000

 1,000

 2,000

 1,500

3,000

 500,000 - 999,999

1,000

2,000

2,000

4,000

3,000

6,000

 1,000,000-1,999,999

2,000

4,000

4,000

8,000

6,000

12,000

 2,000,000-4,999,999

4,000

8,000

6,200

12,000

12,000

24,000

 Over 5 million (statewide)

15,000

30,000

30,000

60,000

30,000

60,000


 
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