Under current law, a candidate for school director shall not run as a candidate of any political party for that school directorship, but the statute is not clear whether the candidate is prohibited from identifying his or her political party affiliation. The bill permits a candidate for the office of school district director to declare the political party with which he or she is affiliated at any time up to 67 days before the election date. If a candidate chooses to declare his or her political party affiliation, the name or abbreviation of the political party with which the candidate is affiliated will be printed on the ballot after his or her name. In order to be able to exercise the option of declaring his or her affiliation, the candidate must have been affiliated with the political party, as shown in the statewide voter registration system, as of the first business day in the month of January during the year in which the election is held.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)