TSTA/NEA RA Elections

Please read the information below carefully, as we are focusing on LMRDA compliance. Feel free to reach out to the Center for Executive and Governance at 512-476-5355 if you have any questions.

Locals with more than 76 members: Individuals who are part of locals with 76 or more members are elected via a local election conducted by the local. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE HAVE BEEN UPDATES TO LOCAL ELECTIONS PER NEA’s FOCUS ON LMRDA THAT WAS COMMUNICATED TO STATES THIS PAST MONTH ***. We strongly encourage you to contact us with any questions and we are here to help. We are processing this recent information from NEA and want to make sure that delegates get to participate in the NEA-RA. Locals that do not comply with LMRDA processes may be subject to a credentials challenge. The main updates are outlined below.

    Notice of Election for local delegates MUST be physically mailed to members. This means “snail mail”. The notice must also be received two weeks prior to the election. In an effort to assist locals, we will be including local NEA-RA election information in the Advocate to serve as mailed notice. If your local wishes to have mailed notice delivered by TSTA via the Advocate, your local election must be held AFTER April 2nd in order to provide sufficient notice to members. We will also need your election results sent to TSTA by April 27th if possible in order to be able to submit delegates to NEA. (Please note you will receive information from NEA with an earlier mid-April deadline but we are extending it in order to give locals more time for the election. In the future, we will be able to accommodate a longer period for elections to take place and provide notice in earlier Advocates but this was the only option available given NEA’s timeline for 2020.) Election notice and ballot can go out at the same time.

If you would like to submit your election information for publication in the Advocate, please fill out the link below: https://tsta.wufoo.com/forms/advocate-2020-neara-election-notice-due-212020/

  • Please keep all election information and returned ballots for at least one year after the election in the event documentation is needed. Also, it would be helpful to ask members to update their contact information prior to the election in order to ensure that an effort has been made to make sure that folks get notice.
  • Filing notification and nomination process information do not need to be physically mailed. Also, you can send supplemental notice of election via email though again, a notice of election MUST be physically mailed.


  • A local must have at least 76 members to be eligible to elect a local delegate.
  • A local MUST hold an NEA-RA election even if no delegates are funded in order to uphold individual governance rights.
  • NEA will send allocations and reporting forms the week of January 27th.
  • Unless NEA indicates otherwise, your local delegate(s) must be non-supervisory member(s).
    Delegates must be elected by an all-member ballot or by a general membership meeting
  • Report every person on the ballot who receives a vote as a delegate or an alternate, including write-ins.
  • Friendly Reminder- if your local bylaws state that the president or other officers are automatic delegates you must list them on your delegate report as a delegate.

Policy for Election of State Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly (EP-15) and Ethnic-Minority Representation (EP-14)- TSTA Board Policy establishes TSTA’s procedure for election of state NEA delegates. It also outlines the plan to meet the state delegation’s ethnic-minority goal. Locals are encouraged to make individual contact with ethnic-minority members and encourage them to seek delegate positions.

State Delegates

Although we cannot know the exact number of delegates to be elected until after January 15, we elect one state delegate on a statewide ballot and the remaining state delegates are assigned to individual regions, clusters of regions or, possibly, statewide in a manner consistent with NEA rules on one-person, one-vote, and in accordance with TSTA policy. To seek election as a state delegate, return the State Delegate Nomination form, which is available in the Fall Advocate, no later than January 14, 2020.

Members should receive the Advocate containing ballots for election of state delegates by late March.  The deadline for return receipt of ballots to TSTA is 5:00 p.m., April 15, 2020.

Cluster Delegates

Locals with fewer than 76 members may cluster together for the purpose of electing local delegates. TSTA will create clusters that maximize our delegate numbers and help ensure small locals are represented at the NEA Representative Assembly (RA). The nomination form, which is available in the Fall Advocate and at the link at the bottom of this page, must be returned by March 6, 2020.

Local Delegates

NEA will notify locals in February of the number of delegates allocated for each local and will provide official NEA forms for reporting data about local delegates and alternates. These forms must be submitted to TSTA by April 10.
In order to meet TSTA’s ethnic-minority goals for delegates to the NEA RA, local leaders should encourage their ethnic minority members to participate in this election.

Important points to remember when conducting a local election:

  1. local must have at least 76 members to be eligible to elect a local delegate
  2. unless NEA indicates otherwise, local delegates must not be supervisory members
  3. delegates must be elected by an all-member ballot or by a general membership meeting
  4. the local should report every person on the ballot who receives a vote, including write-ins


Relevant TSTA Policies

EP-14  Ethnic-Minority Representation Plan for the NEA Representative Assembly
EP-15  Election of State Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly
EP-16  Election of Local/Cluster Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly

Retired Delegates

NEA allocates one delegate for the first 50 TSTA-R/NEA-R members, and one additional delegate for each 1,000 TSTA-R/NEA-R members thereafter.

To seek election as a retired delegate, return the Retired Delegate Nomination form, which is available in the Fall Advocate and at the link at the bottom of this page, no later than January 15, 2020.

If you have questions concerning any of this information, please contact the Center for Executive and Governance at 512-476-5355.

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