(b) No more than two members may be elected or serve from the same magisterial district. The eligibility of candidates to be declared elected for full terms of four years and for unexpired terms of two or more years based on this limitation shall be determined at the time of certification of the election.
(1) Such eligibility shall be based on the magisterial district residence of incumbent members of the board whose terms will continue beyond the first day of July following the primary election.
(A) No person is eligible to be declared elected who resides in a district which has two such incumbent members.
(B) No more than one candidate is eligible to be declared elected who resides in a district which has one such incumbent member.
(C) A person with the highest number of votes may be declared elected to an unexpired term notwithstanding the fact that the person's magisterial district has two representatives serving on the board at the time of the election: Provided, That the number of representatives from that magisterial district will be less than two as of the first day of July following the primary.
(2) The person declared elected to an unexpired term shall assume the duties of a member of the board of education according to the provisions of section two, article five, chapter eighteen of this code.
(c) In each nonpartisan election for board of education the board of canvassers shall:
(1) Declare and certify the election of the required number of eligible candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes to fill any full terms;
(2) Declare and certify the election of the required number of eligible candidates receiving the next highest numbers of votes, after all full terms are filled, to fill any unexpired terms.
(d) It is the intent of this statute that any person declared to be elected under the preceding provisions of this section shall take office as a duly elected member or members, even though the person may not have received a majority or plurality of all votes cast at such election.
(e) In case of a tie vote for a seat on a county board of education in any primary election, the provisions of section twelve, article six of this chapter shall control in breaking the tie.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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