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Welcome back from Spring Break, attached you will find the 2018-2019 VVTA Elections Timeline along with the Official Election Rules per CTA. These were distributed to each site on Friday, 03/23/18 and should have made it to your individual mailboxes. The timelines are printed in blue and a copy printed in white posted on your school campus bulletin board as well.
The positions that will be open this 2018-2019 are given below.
1. Vice President-I
2. Vice President-II
4. School Site Representatives
A formal Announcement and the Terms of Office for each vacancy will follow. It shall include the deadline date, time and place for filing a Declaration of Candidacy Form; the Alphabet will be used to list candidates by name.
You can make a difference.
Ms. Cecile Carney
VVTA Elections Chair
Lakeview Leadership Academy
760-955-3400 Ext. 46901
Ms. Cecile Carney
Teacher, SPED Mild/Mod
VVTA TIMELINES for ELECTIONS 2018-2019
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - Distribution and Email of VVTA Elections Timelines for
Monday, April 2, 2018 - Announcement of VVTA vacancies to members via
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Distribution of Timelines at Rep. Council Meeting.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Declarations of candidacy must be received in the VVTA
Elections Chair Department at Lakeview Leadership Academy, 12484 Tamarisk Rd.,
Victorville, CA, 92395, no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday,
April 26, 2018.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – Sample Ballot, Notice for Absentee Ballots, and
acknowledgement of Declarations of Candidacy to be emailed.
April 30-May 4, 2018 – Request for Absentee Ballots needed and Ballots to be
Monday, May 7, 2018 - Preparation of Campaign Statements, and Absentee Ballots.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Distribution of Campaign Statements and Absentee Ballots
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Preparation of Elections Ballots, Voter Registration
Rosters, and Sign-In sheets.
OFFICIAL ELECTION DAY is THURSDAY, May 17, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Preparation of Ballots, Sign-In Sheets, Official Voting
Poll, and other Elections items.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Voting at VVTA Office, CIMS Campus, 13801 Cobalt Rd.,
Victorville, CA, 92392. Please note that polls will Open at 6:00am sharp and Close at
5:00 pm sharp.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Ballots will be counted at the unit office on May 17, starting
at 5:15pm. Please note Election Rules, section X, 1-10 printed backside of this
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Monday, May 21, 2018 - Announcement of results to leadership, candidates,
members, will be given and posted at each work site; this date shall be not later than
five (5) calendar days following the counting of ballots. If a run-off, election is
necessary this will be included in the announcement of which the VVTA President will
give all announcements.
IN THE EVENT OF A RUN-OFF or CHALLENGE THESE RULES APPLY*
(Dates are Final)
Tuesday/Wednesday, May 22-23, 2018 - Preparation of Run-Off ballots, if
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - A challenge to the election must be received in the Election
Chair's Office no later than 5:00pm unless there is a Run-Off Election.*
Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Voting for Run-Off Election and ballots to be counted at the
Wednesday/Thursday, June 6-7 2018 - Announcement of run-off results to
leadership, candidates, and members.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - A challenge to the election, including the run-off election,
must be received in the unit office no later than 5:00 pm (Postmarked date not
(Note: Election Procedures follow this timeline and are printed in accordance.)
Chapter Election Procedures per CTA Rules effective 2015-2016
VIII. Vote Requirement
All vote requirements shall be established in accordance with CTA guidelines. Unless otherwise
1. Majority means more than half of the legal votes cast for each office/position on the ballot. 2. A plurality vote means
the largest number of votes to be given any candidate or issue. When there is a tie in a plurality election and it is not
feasible to conduct the election again because of the time factor, the following procedure shall be followed:
a. When there is a tie, the ballots shall be recounted.
b. If the result is still a tie, the elections committee chairperson shall:
1) Call the candidates (according to the CTA alphabet) and inform them of the tie and that a coin toss shall be used to
determine the winner.
2) If the first candidate called wishes to remain in the race, the chairperson shall ask that candidate to choose “heads” or
“tails” in the coin toss.
3) The elections committee chairperson shall designate the time and place for the coin toss and inform the candidates, who
may have an observer present. The observer may be the candidate.
4) The elections committee shall note the coin toss on the Units Official Teller’s Report.
5) The elections committee shall follow the established procedure in notifying the candidates of the results.
3. A two-thirds (2/3) vote means at least two-thirds (2/3) of the legal votes cast.
4. For unit officers, and at-large members of the Executive Board, the election will be by majority vote. [Revised 6/14]
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5. An election for school site representatives may be waived and the candidate(s) declared elected if, following a period of
open nominations, the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of delegate positions to be filled. An
affiliate utilizing this provision must have adopted a governing provision or election policy allowing such a practice.
6. For State Council: (See the Election Timelines, Procedures, and Guidelines in Sections IV-9.2 and IV-9.3 of the CTA
a. If a unit is a single electoral district or a multiple unit electoral district, the election for State Council Representative
will be by majority vote.
b. If the unit is within a multiple unit electoral district, the Service Center Council (SCC) elections committee will
determine if a candidate has received a majority vote. For multiple electoral districts, the chapter elections committee
returns a signature and ballot verification sheet (see Appendix M), voted ballots, and voter roster/sign-in sheets to the SCC
elections committee by deadline date. [Revised 6/11, 6/12]
7. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a run-off election shall be conducted among the candidates receiving the
highest number of votes. The names on the ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled. There
shall be no provisions for write-in candidates in run-off elections. A majority vote is required to win a run-off election.
8. For NEA Local Delegates, the election will be by plurality vote. Results must be sent to the CTA Governance
Department and to the Service Center Council. [Revised 6/13]
9. An election for NEA Delegates may be waived and the candidate(s) declared elected if, following a period of open
nominations, the number of candidates is equal to or less than the number of delegate positions to be filled. An affiliate
utilizing this provision must have adopted a governing provision or election policy allowing such a practice. This election
practice will not generate successor delegates unless the nomination process requires candidates for both regular and
successor delegate positions.
10. For NEA State Delegates, the election will be by plurality vote. Successor delegates (alternates) are ranked in the
order of votes received. Voted ballots, signature sheets/rosters, and a signature and ballot verification sheet (see Appendix
M) must be submitted to the Service Center Council, which will tally all the ballots and report the results to CTA.
11. For additional CTA/NEA election guidelines refer to the official CTA Elections Manual.
Chapter Election Procedures per CTA Rules effective 2015-2016 (continued)
IX. Counting of Ballots
Each candidate may designate one observer, who may be the candidate, to observe the vote counting process. The
observer shall not interfere with the work of the Elections Committee and must remain in the room where the vote count is
taking place. Electronic devices of any kind (cell phone, computer, tablet, etc.) are not allowed in the counting area.
[Revised 6/04, 6/05, 6/13]
2. The Elections Committee shall verify signature sheets with ballots received, which should be completed immediately
following the deadline for receipt of voted ballots. [Revised 6/04, 6/09]
3. Ballots set aside and not counted are:
a. More ballots than signatures;
b. Ballot(s) submitted after deadline;
c. Voting envelopes without a signature; and
d. Ballots that are separated from voter roster/sign-in sheet. [Revised 6/13]
4. After verification of signatures, ballots shall no longer be separated by site. [Revised 6/11]
5. Each office/position on the ballot shall be treated as a separate race. Therefore it is possible that blank or illegal ballots
for one race may still be counted in remaining positions on the ballot.
6. Blank and/or illegal ballots for each office/position shall be set aside. Examples include the following:
a. Member not verified;
b. Voter's intent unclear;
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c. Votes cast for more than number allowed;
d. Votes cast on unofficial ballot (probably reproduced); and
e. Candidate is not a member. [Revised 6/10]
7. The Elections Committee should categorize each illegal ballot, make a determination on whether the vote(s) in that
category should be counted separately, as listed in 6(a-e) above, and make a note of the decision. The ballots should
8. The Elections Committee will prepare the Teller's Report, recording information on the total number of votes cast, the
number needed to win/pass, the number of votes received by each candidate/issue and the number of blank and illegal
ballots for each office/position with an explanation of illegality, and signed by each Elections Committee member. The
Teller’s Report shall not contain a school-by-school or site-by-site breakdown report.
9. The Chairperson of the Elections Committee will deliver the report of the election results to the president and interested
parties. The election results shall be posted at each work site no later than five (5) calendar days following the counting of
the ballots. Specific to County office of Education chapters only – election results shall be posted electronically as soon as
possible following the election. [Revised 6/10, 6/11]
10. The ballots and voter sign-in sheets should be retained by the unit for one year after the election.
X. Challenge Procedure
1. A challenge cannot be initiated until after the results, including any run-offs if necessary, of the election have been
posted at each work site. [Revised 6/13]
2. Challenges for election of State Council Representatives, Alternates, State, and Local delegates to the NEA RA follow
procedures in the CTA Elections Manual.
3. Challenging party(ies) must notify the unit president and elections chair of a challenge in writing, using the official
Original Election Challenge Form (See Appendix N), within ten (10) calendar days after the announcement of the results
of the election. If the unit president is a candidate on the
4. Upon receipt of the challenge, the unit’s Elections Committee will notify all the candidates that a challenge has been
filed and the nature of the challenge. The names of challengers and challenge forms shall remain confidential. Within ten
(10) calendar days after receipt of the challenge, the Elections Committee shall determine if the challenge is valid, using
the following procedures:
a. Read and understand the elements of the challenge.
b. Review all documents, directions, and procedures related to the election in question for conformity with the chapter’s
election rules and/or the CTA Elections Manual requirements.
c. Review the unit’s bylaws and election standing rules for procedures and practices as they relate to the issues raised in
Chapter Election Procedures per CTA Rules effective 2015-2016 (continued)
d. Review the CTA Elections Manual for requirements that relate to the issues raised in the challenge that the chapter’s
governance documents do not address.
e. Fully and objectively interview the challenger.
f. Fully and objectively interview every witness identified by the challenger.
g. Inquire and gather the names and contact information of other chapter members who could or do have insight into the
elements of the challenge.
h. Analyze the issues of the challenge based on the unit’s bylaws and election standing rules to determine if there is a
i. Determine whether identified violation(s) may have affected the outcome of the election.
j. Confirm that the resolution recommendations address each point raised by the challenger and that these
recommendations have been reached in a fair and objective manner.
k. Submit a written report including issues, findings, and recommendations to the chapter president and the Executive
Board within the same ten (10) calendar day period. [Revised and renumbered 6/12]
4. Any member of the Executive Board who was a candidate in the race that has been challenged, was named in the
challenge, signed an individual witness documentation form, or whose immediate family member is a candidate in the
race that has been challenged, shall recuse themselves from discussion of and voting on the challenge. [Revised 6/14]
5. If in the case where the majority of the Executive Board is unable to act on the challenge the decision shall move to the
Representative Council. In the absence of a Representative Council, the unit shall contact the CTA Elections and
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Credentials Chairperson through the Governance Support Department to determine the next step. [Adopted 6/05, Revised
6. The governance body shall render a decision and issue that decision in writing to the challenging party and all
candidates on the ballot no later than ten (10) calendar days following receipt of the written report of the Elections
Committee in accordance with CTA Challenge Procedures as described in the CTA Challenge Procedures – Local
/Service Center Council Elections on the next page. The names of challengers and challenge forms shall remain
confidential. [Revised 6/05, 6/06, 6/08, 6/13]
7. If the governance body fails to act within twenty (20) calendar days of the original challenge, the challenging party may
file an appeal on the official CTA Appeal Form to the CTA President.
8. The challenging party or any candidate affected by the decision of the unit’s governance body may file an appeal on the
official CTA Appeal Form to the CTA President within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the decision of the unit’s
governance body. The appeal shall include the information requested on the official CTA Appeal Form located in
Appendix O. [Revised 7/12, 6/13]
9. In the circumstance where an election has been conducted to elect one or more officers, and the elections results are
challenged, the winner(s) of the election shall hold office until such time as the challenge is resolved. [Revised 6/04]
10. The challenge procedure for election of State Council Representatives and Alternates, and State or Local Delegates to
the NEA Representative Assembly is outlined in the CTA Elections Manual.
[Revised 07/02] [Revised 6/10, 6/11, 6/13]
CTA.org. (2015, Dec 30). http://www.sdea.net/wp-content/uploads/2014-2015-Reqs-for-Chapter-Election-Procedures.pdf.
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