City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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Section 120.010 Date of General Election.

[R.O. 2009 §120.010; Ord. No. 1695 §1, 8-19-1996; Ord. No. 2334 §1, 6-1-2009]
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A general election for the elective officers of this City shall be held on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of each year.
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On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of odd-numbered years an election shall be held by the qualified voters of each ward in the City for one (1) Alderman for each ward, who shall hold their respective offices for the term of two (2) years and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.
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On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of even-numbered years an election shall be held by the qualified voters of each ward in the City for all elected City-wide officials including, but not limited to, the Mayor and for one (1) Alderman for each ward, who shall hold their respective offices for the term of two (2) years and until their successor shall be elected and qualified.

Section 120.020 Filing of Candidates.

[R.O. 2009 §120.020; Ord. No. 1695 §2, 8-19-1996; Ord. No. 2335 §1, 6-1-2009]
Any person desiring to seek election for any elective City office at any general City election may do so by filing his/her name and the office for which he/she seeks election with the City Clerk during the filing period (8:00 A.M. on the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday before the election date to 5:00 P.M. on the eleventh (11th) Tuesday before the election date). The Clerk shall keep a permanent record of the names of the candidates, the offices for which they seek election and the date of their filing, and their names shall appear on the ballots in that order.

Section 120.030 Filing of Candidates — Qualifications Challenged.

[R.O. 2009 §120.030; Ord. No. 1695 §3, 8-19-1996]
Any person who is not qualified for his/her office as provided by State law or other ordinances shall not be entitled to have his/her name printed on the ballot. The qualifications of a candidate for office shall be determined by the Board of Aldermen upon hearing given, and upon its own motion, or upon written affidavit by some person that a named candidate is not qualified as such for the office sought.

Section 120.040 Conformance of City Elections With State Law.

[R.O. 2009 §120.040; Ord. No. 1695 §4, 8-19-1996]
All City elections shall be conducted and held in conformance with the provisions of the State election laws.

Section 120.050 Conduct of Election By County Clerk.

[R.O. 2009 §120.050; Ord. No. 1695 §5, 8-19-1996]
The County Clerk (or, if appropriate, the County Election Board), as the designated election authority, shall conduct City elections.

Section 120.060 Notice of Elections.

In City elections, the City Clerk shall notify the County Clerk prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to any City election except as noted in Section 115.125.1, RSMo. The notice shall be in writing, shall specify that the Board of Aldermen is calling the election, the purpose of the election, the date of the election, and shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to be published including the sample ballot. The notice and any other information required by this Section may, with the prior notification to the election authority receiving the notice, be accepted by facsimile transmission prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to the election, provided that the original copy of the notice and a certified copy of the legal notice to be published shall be received in the office of the election authority within three (3) business days from the date of the facsimile transmission.

Section 120.070 City Divided Into Wards.

[R.O. 2009 §100.120; CC 1976 §1-10; R.O. 1954 §2; Ord. No. 2540 §1, 5-5-2014]
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All the territory within the limits of the City shall be divided into three (3) wards, and shall be numbered One, Two, and Three, respectively and said wards shall be bounded as follows:
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Ward Number One. All that part of the City situated and lying south of the southern boundary line of Ward Number Two shall be known and designated as "Ward Number One."
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Ward Number Two. Beginning at the western boundary line of the City, thence east along the center line of Nineteenth Street to the center line of Main Street; thence south along the center line of Main Street to the center line of the Kansas City Southern Railroad Tracks; thence east to eastern boundary line of the City; thence south along the eastern boundary line of the City to the center line of Route T; thence west along the center line of Route T across Main Street where the street becomes West 26th Street, continuing west to the center line of Locust Street; thence north along the center line of Locust Street to the center line of Fairground Avenue; thence west along the center line of Fairground Avenue to the western boundary line of the City; thence north along the western boundary line of the City to the place of beginning, shall be known and designated as "Ward Number Two."
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Ward Number Three. All that part of the City situated and lying north of the northern boundary line of Ward Number Two shall be known and designated as "Ward Number Three."