Amendment to SB 733 provides DISD the option to move their election date to November
AUSTIN, Texas— On Monday, May 11, 2015, Representative Morgan Meyer (Dallas) passed an amendment allowing Dallas Independent School District to choose to their election date to November. The amendment was co-signed by several fellow Dallas area Representatives, including Rafael Anchia, Kenneth Sheets, Jason Villalba, and Matt Rinaldi.
"This amendment is about making education in Dallas better by increasing voter turnout" said Rep. Meyer. "I don't believe we should be electing the people who make decisions about the education of our children on a day when the fewest people show up. This amendment allows the people of Dallas to make that decision, and I am grateful for the support of several other Dallas area Representatives who joined me in this effort."
"Greater civic participation strengthens our democracy," said Representative Anchia. "The amendment gives DISD Trustees the option for November elections if they determine that more voters will be engaged."
DISD elections have historically received less than five percent voter turnout, prompting a call for elections to be combined with the uniform election date in November. However, state law currently requires school district elections to be held jointly with other local elections. Rep. Meyer's amendment provides the statutory authority for a school district to hold trustee elections in November if it chooses to do so. In response to the strong support for Rep. Meyer's amendment, a subsequent amendment was adopted to give the option for November school board elections to all school districts across the state.
Representative Meyer represents House District 108, which includes downtown, uptown, near east and north Dallas, including the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park.