Chapter 8: Elections

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CONTENTS

§ 8-1.          General election.

§ 8-2.          Election - Notice.

§ 8-3.          Polling places - Designation; special elections.

§ 8-4.          Polling places - Hours.

§ 8-5.          Election judges and clerks - Number, appointment, notice.

§ 8-6.          Election judges and clerks - Qualifications, duties; oath of office.

§ 8-7.          Election judges and clerks - Elected by voters in certain cases.

§ 8-8.          Election judges and clerks - Compensation.

§ 8-9.          Poll books (and ballot boxes) - Delivery.

§ 8-10.        Tie elections - Procedure to follow.

§ 8-11.        Canvass of election.

§ 8-12.        Certificate of election.

§ 8-13.        Candidacy - Declaration.

§§ 8-14 to 8-18.  Reserved.

Chapter 8

ELECTIONS

Sec. 8-1.  General election.

        There shall be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in April of each year a general election for the election of city officers.  (Ord. 345, §1.)

Sec. 8-2.  Election - Notice.

        The mayor shall in all cases give at least ten day's notice of the time, place and purpose of holding any election, by at least five printed handbills, posted up in conspicuous places in each ward in which such election is to be held, or shall cause the same to be published in some newspaper printed in the City of St. James,.  (Ord. 345, §4.)

Sec. 8-3.  Polling places - Designation; special elections.

        At all general elections polls shall be opened in each Ward at such places as the city council may provide, and no persons shall be permitted to vote in any other Ward than that in which he may reside at the time of voting.  All special elections shall be held at such time as may be appointed, and at such places as may be provided by the mayor and city council.  (Ord. 345, §3.)

Sec. 8-4.  Polling places - Hours.

        The polls of all elections shall be open at six o'clock in the morning and continue open until seven o'clock in the evening.  (Ord. 345, §4.)

Sec. 8-5.  Election judges and clerks - Number, appointment, notice.

        There shall be appointed at least one week before the day of election suitable persons to serve as judges and clerks for each precinct or election district in the city.  The number of judges and clerks shall comply with the State Statutes.  (Ord. 345, §5.)

Sec. 8-6.  Election judges and clerks - Qualifications, duties; oath of office.

        The said judges and clerks shall take their oaths, conduct the elections, count the votes cast thereat, and make their returns of said elections duly certified to the city clerk in the manner required by the general laws of the State of Missouri regulating state and county elections.  (Ord. 345, §5.)

Sec. 8-7.  Election judges and clerks - Elected by voters in certain cases.

        Should any of the appointed judges or clerks fail to attend and qualify at the time for opening the polls, then the legal voters there assembled may designate persons duly qualified to take the places of those failing to attend and qualify, who shall proceed in the same manner as if appointed by the city council.

Sec. 8-8.  Election judges and clerks - Compensation.

        The judges and clerks of any election shall be entitled to receive compensation in accordance with the State Statutes for their services.  (Ord. 345, §5.)

Sec. 8-9.  Poll books (and ballot boxes) - Delivery.

        It shall be the duty of the city clerk to deliver to the judges of election and poll books of their respective wards on or before the morning of the day of election.  (Ord. 345, §7.)

Sec. 8-10.  Tie elections - Procedure to follow.

        If two or more persons, candidates for the offices of mayor, collector, municipal judge or councilman, shall have an equal and the highest number of votes cast for such office, the city council shall determine the matter.  (Ord. 345, §11.)

Sec. 8-11.  Canvass of election.

        (a)   The city council shall meet on the Thursday following such elections, and the city clerk shall, in the presence of the council open said election returns.  Then the council shall determine who has been elected to the various offices.  (Ord. 345, §8.)

        (b)   No other ballot shall be counted but the official ballot furnished by clerk of said city.  (Ord. 345, §2.)

Sec. 8-12.  Certificate of election.

        (a)   The city council shall direct the city clerk to issue certificates of election, attested by him, and cause the same to be delivered to the person so declared elected.  But if any question shall arise regarding the eligibility or legal qualifications for office of any person receiving the highest number of votes for any office, or if the council shall be notified of the ineligibility of disqualification of such person, the council shall not order certificates of election to be issued to such person, but shall as speedily as possible make due inquiry as to the eligibility or qualification of such person or persons, and if such person be found upon such inquiry to have been eligible and duly qualified, shall then direct a certificate of election to be issued to him, and if such person be found to have been not eligible, or not qualified for office, the city council at its regular meeting on the first Monday in May after an election, order an election to be held for the purpose of electing properly qualified person or persons to such office or offices.  (Ord. 345, §8.)

        (b)   The city clerk shall not deliver certificates of election to the persons declared elected at any general or special election until ten days after the day on which he shall be directed to issue such certificates, in order that any question that may arise touching the eligibility of qualifications for office of any person declared elected may be considered by the city council.  (Ord. 345, §9.)

        (c)   In all contested elections the city council shall order the city clerk to withhold the certificates of election until such contest be decided.  (Ord. 345, §§8-10.)

Sec. 8-13.  Candidacy - Declaration.

        Any person desiring to have his name printed upon any official ballot as a candidate for a city office at any election shall file his written declaration of candidacy with the City Clerk or deputy city clerk no earlier than or later than the days established by state law as the filing period for such election. The filing deadline shall be at 4:30 P.M. on the last day allowed for filing. The City Clerk shall publish a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the City at least ten days prior to the filing period informing the public of the beginning and end of the filing period for each municipal election.  (Ord. 345, §2; Ord. 684)

Secs. 8-14 to 8-18.  Reserved.