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The 2021 nomination and election process for the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund will return to its normal schedule after having been delayed in 2020. The timeline is as follows:

Nominations

from  May 14

to  June 11 at 4 p.m.

Elections

from  July 6

to  Aug. 10 at 4 p.m.

Results Reported

at the August Board meeting

 
Eligibility Requirements - Am I eligible to run for a place on the Board?

Roles & Responsibilities - What does being a Board member involve?

Nomination Process
Active and retired members will each have access to an online nominations platform as soon as nominations open on the date listed above. The two groups have slightly different processes.

Active Employees
In order to be nominated for Places 1, 2, 3, or 4, active employees must obtain at least 75 signatures of regular (not temporary) employees from the department/group they wish to represent. Active employees have two options for collecting petition signatures.

Online option – Active employees may access the nomination platform either from the Retirement Fund website or by clicking a link emailed directly from YesElections (the third-party election company). An employee who would like to run for the board should complete a self-nomination form, and an online petition for this employee’s name will be added to a list of nominees on the site. All eligible active employees can access the site throughout the nomination period to add their virtual signatures to the petitions of nominees they wish to support. Nominees can access the site throughout the nominations period as well, to view their petition.

Click here to complete a self-nomination form - to nominate yourself. (link will be added May 14)
Click here to support others' nomination petitions - to nominate someone else. (link will be added May 14)

Paper option - An active employee who would like to run for the board may also download a petition form, fill it out, and collect signatures of other employees in their department/group. The form must be turned in to the Retirement Fund by the deadline.

  • Download a 2021 Place 1 Nominations Form (link will be added May 14)
  • Download a 2021 Place 3 Nominations Form (link will be added May 14)

Nominees can use the paper method, the online method, or both. The number of signatures combined, from the online and paper methods, must be at least 75.

Retirees
In order to be nominated for Places 5, 6, or 7, a retiree must receive at least 25 nominations from retirees from their retiree group. Retirees have two options for collecting petition signatures.

Online option – Retirees can access the online nomination platform from the Retirement Fund website or by clicking a link emailed directly from YesElections (the third-party election company). Once on the site, retirees will use a search tool to select the name of the person they would like to nominate. If there is more than one person by the same name, the retirement date will also be visible. Once the intended person is selected, the retiree will be asked to apply an electronic signature and submit the form to complete the nomination.

Click here to nominate yourself. (link will be added May 14)
Click here to nominate someone else. (link will be added May 14)

Paper option - The Retirement Fund will mail nomination forms to the retirees in the specific group(s) eligible to vote in the election (Place 6 in even-numbered years, or Places 5 and 7 in odd-numbered years). They fill out the form with the nominee of their choice and return it to the Retirement Fund by the deadline specified by the Fund. A return envelope is included with the nomination form.

  • Download a 2021 Place 5 Nominations Form (link will be added May 14)
  • Download a 2021 Place 7 Nominations Form (link will be added May 14)

Election Process
All active employees and retirees who are eligible to vote will receive a ballot in the mail from YesElections, a professional election company. Members can vote one of three ways: via phone, mail, or online. Instructions are specified on the ballot, which also includes an Election Code and Voting PIN for each voter (to avoid duplication of votes). All votes must be registered by the date stated on the ballot as specified by the Retirement Fund.

Election results are delivered to the Fund’s Executive Director by YesElections. At the regular monthly meeting, the Board of Trustees will canvass the results of the election and certify the nominees that are elected to the Board.