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Article IV - Nominations and Elections

SEC. 1. HOLDING CITY ELECTIONS; TIME, ELECTORS, QUALIFICATIONS, REGISTRATION, STATE LAW.

  • (A) The regular City election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in those years in which an election is required.
  • (B) All citizens qualified by the Constitution and the laws of the State to vote in the City and who have satisfied the requirements for registration as set by the Constitution and laws of the State shall be qualified electors of the City within the meaning of this Charter. The City Clerk may register electors at places outside of the City Clerk's offices so as to facilitate the registration of all qualified electors of the City.
  • (C) Except as otherwise provided by this Charter, the Constitution and laws of the State shall apply to the conduct of elections held under this Charter and the registration of electors in the City.

(Charter effective 1-1-77)

SEC. 2. NOMINATING PETITION, FORM, FILING.

  • (A) Candidates for election to the City Commission shall be nominated by petition. Any qualified elector of the City may be nominated for election by a petition signed by qualified electors of the City not fewer in number than fifty (50) nor more in number than eighty (80). The form, size, and contents of all nominating petitions shall be as provided by the laws of the State. The City Clerk shall provide nominating petitions for all elected offices. An individual may circulate his own petition.
  • (B) All separate papers comprising the nominating petition shall be assembled and filed with the City Clerk as one instrument within the time limitation set for filing petitions as provided by the laws of the State, except that no nominating petition may be filed sooner than thirty (30) days before the last day set for filing petitions. The City Clerk shall make a record of the exact time when each petition is filed. No nominating petition shall be accepted for filing by the City Clerk unless accompanied by a signed acceptance of the nomination.
  • (C) Within five (5) days after the filing of the nominating petition, excluding weekends and holidays, the City Clerk shall notify the candidate and the person who filed the petition whether it satisfies the requirements prescribed by this Article. If the petition is found insufficient, the City Clerk shall return it immediately to the person who filed it with a statement certifying wherein it is insufficient. Within the regular time limit for filing petitions, the original petition may be amended and filed again as a new petition, or another petition may be filed for the same candidate. The City Clerk shall keep on file all petitions found sufficient at least until the expiration of the term for which the candidates are nominated in those petitions.

(Charter effective 1-1-77)

SEC. 3. CHALLENGERS AT POLLING PLACES.

  • A regularly nominated candidate shall be entitled, upon written application to the City Clerk at least ten (10) days before the election, to appoint individuals to represent the candidate as challengers at each polling place where voters may cast their ballots for him/her, but at no time shall more than one (1) challenger per candidate be at each polling place. A person so appointed shall have all the rights and privileges prescribed for challengers under the general election laws of the State. The challengers may exercise their rights through the voting and until the ballots have been counted.

(Charter effective 1-1-77)

SEC. 4. VOTES FOR COMMISSION.

  • Every voter shall be entitled to vote for as many candidates for the Commission as there are Commissioners to be elected.

(Charter effective 1-1-77)

SEC. 5. SPECIAL ELECTION; RESOLUTION BY COMMISSION.

  • Special elections shall be held when called by resolution of the Commission, setting forth the purpose of this election. At least forty-five (45) days notice must be given of a special election.

(Charter effective 1-1-77)