AN ACT TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE GUILFORD COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM PARTISAN TO NONPARTISAN.
Amends Sections 2, 3, and 6 of SL 1991-78, as amended, to change the Guilford County Board of Education (Board) election from partisan to nonpartisan beginning in 2020. Directs the nonpartisan primary and election method set out in GS 163A-1618 be used, with ballots listing candidates with no reference to party affiliation. Directs the Guilford Board of Elections to determine the candidate filing period. Requires members to be elected at the same time as the regular primary and general election dates for county officers. Provides for staggered four-year terms. Directs vacancies for positions elected on a partisan basis in 2016 and 2018 to be filled pursuant to GS 115C-37.1(d). Effective the first Monday in December 2020, removes Guilford County from the scope of GS 115C-37.1, which provides for vacancies in offices of county boards elected on a partisan basis. Makes conforming and technical changes.
Maintains the terms of Board members elected in 2016 and 2018, or any member appointed by the remaining members to fill a vacancy of a member elected in 2016 or 2018, providing for service until a successor has been elected and qualified.
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