City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 passed in election of 4-5-2016]
The regular election for the choice of Councilmen shall be held annually on the general municipal election day as scheduled by State law. The Council may, by Resolution, call and provide for special elections. If for any reasons officers of the City fail to order and conduct any election at the time specified in the Charter, any registered voter may file a writ of mandamus in any court having jurisdiction thereof to compel an election to be held.
Except as otherwise provided by this Charter, the provisions of the general election laws of the State of Missouri and regulations of the Board of Election Commissioners of St. Louis County shall apply to elections held under this Charter. All elections for Councilmen shall be nonpartisan and no party designation of any kind shall appear on any ballot. The Council may adopt by Ordinance all regulations which it considers desirable or necessary, consistent with law and this Charter.
The City Clerk shall serve as Election Commissioner.
[Ord. No. 2141-89, 2-1-1989 passed in election of 4-4-1989; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 passed in election of 4-5-2016]
Nominations of candidates for all elective offices shall be by petition. No voter shall sign more than one nominating petition for each office to be filled and should a voter do so, his signature shall be void except as to the first filed petition signed by him. Each signer of a petition shall designate his residential street and number.
Nominating petitions for Ward Councilmen shall be signed by not less than twenty-five (25) and no more than fifty (50) registered voters who are entitled to vote for the candidates. Nominating petitions for the Councilman at Large (Mayor) shall be signed by not less than fifty (50) and no more than one hundred (100) registered voters.
The signatures to a nominating petition need not be appended to one page, but all pages comprising the petition shall be uniform in character, setting forth the election date, office to be filled, name of candidate, a statement by the circulator that each signature was made in his presence and is the genuine signature of the person it purports to be. Each petition shall be accompanied by the candidate's written acceptance of nomination.
Nominating petitions shall be on forms furnished by the City Clerk and filed with the City Clerk during the filing period established by State Statutes.
Within ten (10) days after the filing of a nominating petition the City Clerk shall notify the candidate in writing as to whether the petition is sufficient or not. If the petition is insufficient the City Clerk shall return it to the candidate with a statement certifying wherein the petition Is insufficient. Within the regular time for filing petitions, a new or supplementary petition may be filed for the same candidate. The petition for each candidate shall be preserved by the City Clerk until the expiration of the term of office for which he has been nominated.
No candidate shall file for more than one (1) municipal elective office to be balloted at the same election.
Promptly after the closing date for filing nominating petitions, the City Clerk shall give each candidate twenty-four (24) hours written notice that he will thereafter, at a time and date certain, publicly in his office draw lots to determine the order in which the names of the candidates for the respective offices shall appear on the ballots. He shall, after drawing such lots, certify such order of names of candidates to the Board of Election Commissioners of St. Louis County.
[Ord. No. 2141-89, 2-1-1989 passed in election of 4-4-1989; Ord. No. 4457-16 §1, 1-20-2016 passed in election of 4-5-2016[1]]
Election returns and results of all elections shall be canvassed by the Council at a meeting no later than ten (10) days following certification of the election, and at the regular election the candidate receiving the largest number of votes and at least forty (40) percent of the votes cast for the office for which he is a candidate shall be declared elected.
In the event that no candidate for an office of Councilman receives forty (40) percent or more of the votes cast in the regular election, or if two (2) candidates each receiving at least forty (40) percent or more of the votes cast for the same office receive an equal number of votes, then a run-off election shall be held between the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast. In the event two (2) or more candidates in the regular election do not receive forty (40) percent or more of the votes cast for the office for which they are candidates, nor do they receive the highest number of votes cast but they receive an equal number of votes, then the Council shall decide between them by lot, without notice, at the meeting at which the returns and results are canvassed, as to the candidate for the run-off election against the candidate for the same office who received the highest number of votes but less than forty (40) percent of the total votes cast for the office. In the event that three (3) or more candidates in the regular election receive an equal and highest number of the votes for the office for which they are a candidate, then the Council shall decide by lot as to the two (2) candidates for the run-off election, without notice, at the meeting at which the returns and results are canvassed.
The run-off election shall be held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. The candidate in the said run-off election receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared elected.
In the event that the candidates in a run-off election receive an equal number of the votes cast for the same office, the election for that office shall be determined as provided by State law.
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Editor’s Note: Ord. No. 4457-16 also repealed Article XI, Section 7, Voting Machines, which immediately followed.