Upper San Pedro Water District Organizing Board
Election Plan


An Election Plan is one of four tasks charged to the Upper San Pedro Water District Organizing Board (Organizing Board) as required by HB2300.  The Organizing Board established a committee consisting of three of its members to draft the Election Plan and this Plan has been adopted by the Organizing Board.  This election is to be held on November 2, 2010, a general election. The selection of a general election date will minimize the cost of this election to the Organizing Board, and the public.

Items to be placed on the ballot

1.  A question proposing the formation of the Upper San Pedro Water District.  The proposed text of this question has been drafted by legal counsel.

2.  The election of seven persons to the Board of Directors of the proposed Water District.

Sample ballot text is included as Attachment A of this Plan.

Organizing Board Resolution Calling for an Election

The Organizing Board is required to request an election of the above issues to the Cochise County Board of Supervisors.  This request shall be made by a resolution of the Organizing Board to the County Board of Supervisors.  The suggested timetable for this action is March-April, 2010.

Proposed text of the Organizing Board resolution is included as Attachment B of this plan.

Cochise County Board of Supervisors Resolution Calling for an Election

The Board of Supervisors is the official government body empowered to call for an election.  Once the Board of Supervisors receives the resolution adopted by the Organizing Board, it can then schedule this resolution on its agenda and consider the adoption of its own resolution calling for an election.  The suggested timetable for this action is April-May of 2010.

Proposed text of the BOS resolution is included as Attachment C of this plan.

Publicity Pamphlet for the Election

The Organizing Board has the option to have the Cochise County Elections Department produce and mail a Publicity Pamphlet to all households of registered voters within the proposed water district.  The cost of this Publicity Pamphlet is estimated to be $40,000.00.  Because of the cost and effectiveness of this Publicity Pamphlet, the Organizing Board has decided to forego this action in favor of its efforts at public participation and input.

Department of Justice Submission

The Organizing Board is required by federal law to submit a statement to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding minority participation in the elections process.  This submission is due at the DOJ 60 days prior to the election, and will be filed by the legal counsel to the Organizing Board within the legally prescribed period.  Selection of the person or persons to act as contact(s) to the DOJ will be made by the Cochise County Elections Department.

Proposed Water District Candidate Instructions

Persons who wish to become candidates for election to one of the seven seats on the proposed Water District Board of Directors shall acquire a candidate's packet from the Cochise County Elections Department, which includes petitions to be circulated for nomination as a candidate.  In order to be nominated, at least 200 valid signatures from registered voters within the proposed Water District is required to be submitted to the Cochise County Elections Department.  While it has been determined that a candidate's packet for a seat on the Board of Directors can be obtained from the Elections Department at any time, it is suggested that the appropriate time for acquiring a candidate's packet will be after the Cochise County Board of Supervisors adopts the resolution calling for an election (see above).  The period for filing candidate petitions with the Elections Department is July 5 through August 4, 2010 in order to be verified and then placed on the November 2, 2010 election ballot.  All candidates who submit valid petitions to the Cochise County Elections Department will be placed on the ballot for consideration by the voters of the proposed Water District.

Other Important Dates

October 7, 2010; Early Voting begins

November 2, 2010; Election Day