Killeen Independent School District board candidate Steven Drayton was told he is no longer eligible to be elected.

Drayton said he learned the news when KISD mailed him a formal letter Saturday stating that because his voter registration was not within the state, he would not be allowed to hold an elected office.

Drayton is a former active Army member and is now in the Reserves.

“I was surprised when I got the letter saying I couldn’t run, and had no idea that was a rule when running for the school board.” Drayton said.

Drayton has been a resident of Killeen for over 10 years but never changed his voter registration.

“I never thought to change it because I had been active duty for so long, and still wanted to vote for my community back home (in North Carolina),” Drayton said.

Texas Election Code states a candidate must be registered in the territory from which he or she is seeking election on or before the regular filing deadline.

Bell County and KISD officials said Monday that a candidate must be registered in Bell County to be eligible for any public election here.

Drayton’s disqualification leaves seven candidates running for two seats on KISD’s school board, Election Day is May 6. Early voting starts April 24.

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