Upper San Pedro Water District Organizing Board
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
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