AN ACT TO CHANGE THE ELECTION METHOD FOR THE LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM NONPARTISAN TO PARTISAN.
Identical to H 244, filed 3/9/21.
Amends Section 5 of SL 1973-876, as amended, to replace the elections provisions for the election of the Lincoln County Board of Education (Board) as follows. Provides for partisan election (currently nonpartisan) beginning at the general election in 2022, with election in each even-numbered year thereafter as terms expire in the same manner as other county officers. Provides for staggered terms, with the election of three members to serve four-year terms in 2022 and quadrennially thereafter, and the election of four members to serve four-year terms in 2024, and quadrennially thereafter. Requires members to serve until a successor has been elected and qualified. Provides for appointment by the Board to fill vacancies determined by the basis of election, with members elected on a partisan basis to be filled by appointment of the remaining members in accordance with GS 115C-37.1. No longer includes residency criteria for members based on township.
Provides a savings clause for members elected in 2018 or 2020, and requires those members and anyone appointed to fill an unexpired term of those members, to serve until a successor has been elected and qualified.
Amends GS 115C-37.1(d), effective on the first Monday of December of 2022, to include Lincoln County in the scope of the statute which governs vacancies in offices of county boards elected on a partisan basis.
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