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2017 ERS Board of Trustees Election

  • Voting begins March 10 for the ERS Board of Trustees election. This is your chance to have a say about who will represent you.  Board members make important decisions about your benefits and oversee trust fund investments.

    Who can vote

    • current ERS members with an account balance as of January 31, 2017 or
    • retired state employees who receive annuities from ERS

    If you meet these requirements, you are eligible to vote in the election. If you do not, your ballot will not be counted and your vote will be disqualified. You can vote online, by direct email or by mailed ballot. You will receive a ballot with return envelope and Election News in the mail. If you vote online, do not vote by paper ballot or email.
    Candidates for the Board of Trustees Election

    In ballot order, your candidates are:

    Each candidate submitted a statement explaining why he or she would like to serve on the ERS Board of Trustees. View the statements by clicking the candidate’s name.

    Vote now 

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  • How to vote

    Vote online through the ERS website:

    1. Under “Vote Now” (above), type your 11-digit Employee ID in the space provided. Your Employee ID is printed in the lower left-hand corner on the other side of the paper ballot. Use this number even if you are a retiree. You can also find your Employee ID by logging into your account on the ERS website (located under Account Balance Summary or Beneficiary Summary).
    2. Type the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
    3. Click on the “SUBMIT” button.
    4. Follow the instructions on the website to cast your vote.

    Vote by direct email: 

    Through a personalized link sent by email on March 10, members may cast a secure vote electronically without entering their Employee ID. This new option is available only to eligible members or retirees with an active email on file with ERS. 

    Vote by the official mail-in ballot: 

    1. Vote only one time. If you vote by mailed paper ballot, do not vote by email or online.
    2. Vote for only one candidate by filling in the box next to the candidate’s name.
    3. Vote only on the original ballot.
    4. Sign the ballot in the space indicated.
    5. Mail the ballot only through the U.S. Postal Service to Survey & Ballot Systems in the postage paid envelope. Mail only one ballot per envelope. Your envelope must be postmarked on or before April 14, 2017 and received by April 21, 2017.

    Did you receive your ballot? 

    If you are eligible to vote in the Board of Trustees election and did not receive a ballot by March 17, you may request one by emailing  support@directvote.net or by calling the election administrator toll-free at (866) 909-3549 or TDD (866) 974-3983. Support is available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central Time, excluding holidays.

    Did you miss the March 9 Candidate Forum? Not sure whom to vote for?   Watch the video online to learn how candidates Catherine Melvin, Morgen Cuming, Benito Ybarra and Jackie Dickerson answered member-submitted questions about your benefits. You can also review information the candidates submitted about themselves. Just click on each candidate’s name above to see their statement.   

    Section 815.003(d) of the Texas Government Code states that before August 31 of each odd-numbered year, the Board of Trustees (Board) of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) is required to hold an election for the members and retirees of the system to nominate and elect a trustee.

    The term of Trustee Brian Ragland will expire on August 31, 2017.  

    Election results will be announced May 10.  The candidate receiving the most votes will be certified as the new Board member.  

    2017 Election Calendar

    Election process
    Friday, March 10 Voting begins
    Friday, April 14 Voting ends
    Wednesday, May 10 Results certified
    Friday, September 1 Board of Trustees member term begins