Candidates for the office of Board member must be nominated by petition. A petition must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the district (or two percent of the number of voters who voted in the previous election, whichever is greater). It must state the residence of each signer, the name and residence of the candidate, whether such candidate is nominated for a full term or for the unexpired portions of such a term, and the specific office for which a candidate is nominated.
No person may be nominated by petition for more than one separate office. However, residents may sign petitions for more than one candidate.
Each petition must be filed with the district clerk not later than 30 days prior to the school election. By law, nominating petitions must be presented to the clerk between the hours of 9:00 am. and 5:00 pm.
The Board may reject nominations if the candidate is ineligible or has declared an unwillingness to serve. In the event a nominee for election withdraws and then attempts to reenter, such person may not be considered unless a new nominating petition is filed.
The order of names and candidates on the ballot is determined by lot and the clerk of the Board must conduct the drawing one day after the final date for filing.