Bill Summary for H 353 (2021)

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Aug 18 2021

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House Bill 353 (Local) Filed Monday, March 22, 2021
AN ACT TO STAGGER THE TERMS OF THE WINSTON-SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION AND TO ESTABLISH FOUR-YEAR STAGGERED TERMS WITH ODD-YEAR ELECTIONS FOR THE WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Intro. by Lambeth, Zachary.

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House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

Makes technical changes to the lead-in language for the proposed revisions of the elections provisions governing the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education (Board) set forth in SL 1961-112, as amended.

Makes technical changes to the lead-in language to the proposed changes to Section 7 of SL 1975-717, as amended, and replaces the substantive changes to the act with the following. Provides for the nine-member Wake County Board of Education (Board) to be elected from nine single-member districts by the nonpartisan plurality method, now explicitly requiring election to staggered terms. Eliminates voter registration requirements for filing of notices of candidacy for specific districts and the specified time period provided for filing such notices. Eliminates requirements set forth for 2016 and 2018 elections. Requires the 2022 election to be held to coincide with the general election for county officers in even-numbered years for the election of all nine Board members. Requires the Wake County Board of Elections to certify the total vote count in each of the districts in order to determine member terms, with the members in the four districts receiving the four highest total vote counts to serve three-year terms and the members from the remaining five districts to serve a one-year term. Adds a new requirement for the Board to revise the electoral district boundaries established in 2011 as needed to correct for population imbalances following the return of the 2020 census. Requires the revised districts to be used for elections beginning in 2022. Requires the Wake County Board of Elections to make subsequent revisions to the district boundaries pursuant to specified state law.

Effective December 4, 2023, further amends Section 7 of SL 1975-717, as amended by the act, to provide for Board members to serve four-year terms, with the election to be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each odd-numbered year as terms expire. 

Provides that the above provisions do not affect the terms of current Board members elected in 2020, or persons appointed to fill their vacancies.

Makes technical changes. Changes the act's long title.

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