The term "elector" as used in this Charter shall refer to any person having the qualifications required by law to vote in elections or elective meetings in the Town of Johnston.
The provisions of the constitution and the general laws of the state now or hereafter in effect pertaining to elections, special, general and primary, and also all special acts pertaining to elections in the Town of Johnston now in effect shall govern all town elections, special, general and primary, so far as they may be applicable.
The first regular municipal election after the date of the adoption of this Charter for the election of town officers shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1964 and succeeding regular municipal elections shall be held at the time and place of the regular November elections in even numbered years.
The terms of office of the members of the council and the term of office of the mayor shall begin on the second Monday in January in each odd numbered year following their election, upon their taking of the oath of office.
The oaths of office shall be administered at a time and place specified by the council elect, or in the absence of action by the council elect, specified by the town clerk, said place to be as accessible as possible to all members of the public desiring to attend and located in Johnston. The town clerk, or in his or her absence, the probate judge, shall administer the oath of office to the mayor, and then the mayor shall administer the oath of office to the members of the council, and the members of the school committee, however, the clerk and/or the mayor may, in their discretion, designate some other duly appointed or elected official or officials to administer the oaths. (Res. #72, 9-13-1982; G.E. 11-2-1982)
The canvassing authority of the town shall be a board of canvassers and registration. The town council shall elect a bipartisan canvassing authority of three qualified electors of the town not more than two of whom shall belong to the same political party, from lists submitted by the respective chairmen of the town political committees which lists shall each contain the names of five times the number of persons to be elected. If the town council shall refuse to approve the nomination of any person to said canvassing authority, the mayor shall submit to the town council another person named on one of said lists and so on until a person shall be appointed; provided, however, if the chairman of the town committees of a political party entitled to an appointment shall fail or refuse to submit a list as aforesaid, the mayor shall nominate any person known by him to be a member of the political party entitled to said appointment. The members first appointed shall serve for terms of one, two, and three years respectively, and until their successors are qualified and thereafter one member shall be appointed each year for a term of three years. (Res. #72, 9-13-1982; G.E. 11-2-1982)
The board of canvassers and registration shall be vested with all the powers and duties now or hereafter vested by law in the canvassing authority and/or board of registration of the town. In addition, it shall be the duty of the said board within one year after each decennial census, or more frequently to review and if necessary to alter, the district boundary lines of the districts herein designated for the election of members of the school committee, which districts are also to be used for the election of members of the town council under this Charter, in such manner that the five districts shall each comprise compact and contiguous territory, contain as nearly as practicable an equal number of electors, and have well defined boundaries. The compensation of the board of canvassers and registration shall be established by ordinance. (Res. #72, 9-13-1982; G.E. 11-2-1982)
Editor's Note: The districts referred to in this section are set out in Attachment No. 1 to this Charter.