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The 2021 nomination and election process for the Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund has returned 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.

Completed

Place 1 Election

from  July 6

to  Aug. 10 at 4 p.m.

Completed

Place 1 Election Results 

Reported at the August Board meeting

 

Completed

Place 3 Nominations
(third round)*

from  Sept. 20

to  Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.

Current

Place 3 Nomination Results 

Will be reported at the October Board meeting

 

*No Candidate received the minimum requirement of 75 signatures in the previous two nomination periods

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

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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 nominate themselves, but can also be nominated by any eligible active employee. 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. If nominees would like to know how many online nominations they have received, they should contact the Retirement Fund at 817-632-8900 to inquire.

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.

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.

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 YesElections by the deadline specified by the Fund. A return envelope is included with the nomination form.

  • If you are a retiree in a group represented by Place 5 or 7 and you lost or didn't receive a nomination form, please contact YesElections at Help+FWERF@yeselections.com or call (866) 384-9978.

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.