Operating Procedures

  • Each nomination to the Executive Committee shall be supported by signatures of TASA members in the region, totaling a number equal to 15% of the active members in the region, but no less than five signatures. The required number shall be based on the total number of active members in the region at the end of the preceding membership year. A petition may be initiated by the candidate or any TASA member in the region. Petitions shall be in the hands of the TASA executive director not later than February 15 of the year in which the election is to be held. Each member presenting a nomination must state that the nominee is a paid-up member of the Association for the current year and that permission of the proposed nominee has been secured to offer his/her name as a candidate for election to the Executive Committee. Any active TASA member in the region, other than a paid staff member of the Association, is eligible to sign a petition on behalf of a nominee.

    Upon validation of petitions by the TASA executive director, a ballot shall be prepared and mailed from the TASA offices not later than March 1 to each member in the region. Each member shall mark and return the ballot to the TASA executive director, postmarked not later than March 20. If only one candidate is certified in the petition process, it is not necessary to conduct an election, and the TASA executive director shall notify each active member in the region of that candidate's election to the Executive Committee. An elections committee, appointed by the president, shall canvass the votes and tabulate the results for each regional election. If no candidate receives a majority, a ballot containing the names of the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the election shall be mailed to each active member in the region no later than March 31. Run-off election ballots, if necessary, shall be returned to the TASA executive director, postmarked not later than April 20. The elections committee shall canvass the votes and tabulate the results for each run-off election. A nominee receiving a majority of the votes cast in an election or a run-off election shall be declared elected. In case of a tie vote, the Executive Committee shall determine the Executive Committee member from the certified nominees.

    If no nominations to the Executive Committee are received by the TASA executive director as provided in Section 1, the Executive Committee representative for that region shall be elected from the Education Service Center Region at a regional meeting after February 15 but not later than April 1. Notification of the meeting shall be placed in one of TASA's publications (TASA Daily and/or Interchange) by the TASA executive director, stating that an election will be held at that meeting to elect the region's representative to the Executive Committee.

    Announcement of the election of the new Executive Committee members shall be placed in one of TASA's publications (TASA Daily and/or Interchange).

    Following the election of the Executive Committee representative for a region, the active members in the region shall elect a first alternate and second alternate at a regional meeting. Notification of the meeting shall be mailed by the TASA executive director to each active member in the region, stating that an election will be held at that meeting to elect the region's first alternate and second alternate to serve on the Executive Committee if the elected member moves from the region or otherwise becomes ineligible to serve.

    A member of the Executive Committee who is eligible to serve another term on the Committee is not required to submit a petition to be listed on the ballot, but must indicate in writing to the TASA executive director not later than February 15, his or her intent to be a candidate for re-election to the Committee.

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