City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 110.010 City Elections.

[CC 1984 §2-18; Charter §8.1; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988; Ord. No. 4526 §9, 1-18-1994]
A. 
Regular Elections.
1. 
General. The regular City general election shall be held on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of each even-numbered year.
2. 
Special runoff. In the event no candidate for City office receives a majority of the total votes cast at the general election, there shall be a special runoff election for that office between the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in June that year.
B. 
Special Elections. The Council may by resolution order special elections, fix the time for such elections, and provide for holding such elections.
C. 
Conduct Of Elections. All City elections shall be governed by the provisions of the Charter and of applicable State law. The Council by ordinance may further regulate elections, subject to the provisions of the Charter and applicable State law. If the regular election date is changed by State law, the above elections shall be held on the regular election dates as close as practicable to the above dates.

Section 110.020 Nominations By Petition.

[CC 1984 §2-19; Charter §8.2; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988; Ord. No. 4526 §§11, 13, 1-18-1994]
A. 
Nominations. Nominations of candidates for all elective offices shall be by petition. Petitions for Council members shall be signed by not less than twenty-five (25) registered qualified voters of the district who are entitled to vote for the candidate so nominated. Petitions for the Mayor shall be signed by not less than fifty (50) registered qualified voters of the City. The signatures shall be executed in ink or indelible pencil. Each signer shall indicate next to his/her signature the date of his/her signing and the place of his/her residence, giving the street and number or other description sufficient to identify his/her place of residence. The Council by ordinance shall designate the appropriate form for nominating petitions and for acceptance of nominations.
B. 
Filing And Acceptance. All separate papers comprising a nominating petition shall be assembled and filed with the City Clerk as one (1) instrument not earlier than ninety (90) days before the close of filing and not later than one (1) week prior to the time when the City must certify the candidates to the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners. The City Clerk shall make a record of the exact time when each petition is filed. No nominating petition shall be accepted unless accompanied by a signed acceptance of nomination.
C. 
Procedure After Filing. Within five (5) days after the filing of a nominating petition, the City Clerk shall certify the petition to the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners to verify the signatures. Promptly upon receipt of the report of the Board of Election Commissioners, the City Clerk shall notify the candidate and the person who filed the petition whether or not it is sufficient. If a petition is not sufficient, the City Clerk shall return it immediately to the person who filed it with a statement certifying wherein it is found to be insufficient. Within the regular time for filing petitions, such a petition may be amended and filed again or a new petition may be filed for the 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.
D. 
Filling Vacancies If No Petition Filed. In the event no candidate files a valid nominating petition for an elective office prior to the last date permitted for such filing under Subsection (B) of this Section not later than the date of the scheduled election the Council shall appoint a person eligible to hold the office under Section 115.010(C) to fill the office during the term for which the election would have been held had one (1) or more persons filed nominating petitions for it.
E. 
Election To Fill Vacancy In Office. In the event of an election to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor or City Council, such vacancy shall be filled as follows:
1. 
If two (2) or more years remain in the term of office at the time such vacancy occurs, a special election shall be held to fill the vacancy pursuant to Section 110.010(B) of this Chapter. If, at such special election, no candidate receives a majority of the total votes cast, there shall be a special runoff election held between the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast. Such special runoff election shall be held pursuant to Section 110.010(B) of this Chapter.
2. 
If less than two (2) years remain in the term of office at the time such vacancy occurs, a special election shall be held to fill the vacancy pursuant to Section 110.010(B) of this Chapter. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes at such special election shall be declared elected, whether or not such candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.
3. 
Vacancies for a period of one (1) year or less shall be filled pursuant to the terms of Section 3.5 of the City Charter.

Section 110.030 Preparation of Ballots.

[CC 1984 §2-20; Charter §8.3; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988]
The City Clerk shall cause the names of the candidates to appear on all ballots in the order in which the candidates filed petitions for nominations which were verified and accepted. The candidates shall appear on the ballot without party designation.

Section 110.040 Determination of Election Results.

[CC 1984 §2-21; Charter §8.4; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988; Ord. No. 4526 §9, 1-18-1994]
A. 
Number Of Votes. In an election for Mayor, every voter shall be entitled to vote for only one (1) candidate. In an election for Council member, every voter shall be entitled to vote for one (1) candidate for each seat on the Council to be filled in his/her district.
B. 
Returns — Canvass. The City Council shall canvass the election returns and declare the results of any municipal election, regular, runoff or special, at the first (1st) regular meeting to be held following such election. The candidates receiving the highest number of total votes cast for each office in the general election shall be declared elected and inducted into office at that time, except as provided in Section 110.010(A); in the event a runoff election is required for any office, the candidate receiving the highest number of total votes cast for that office in the runoff election shall be declared elected and inducted into office at that time.
C. 
Tie Vote. If at any runoff election there shall be no person elected by reason of a tie vote, such matter shall be resolved pursuant to Missouri law. The incumbent shall remain in office until his/her successor has been duly elected and qualified.

Section 110.050 Qualified Voters.

[CC 1984 §2-23; Rev. M.C. 1963 §2.03; Ord. No. 3140 §2-16; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988]
All persons qualified under the laws of the State who reside within the City are qualified to vote at City elections.

Section 110.060 City Council Districts.

[CC 1984 §2-22; Charter §8.5; Ord. No. 4189 §1, 8-11-1987; Ord. No. 4218 §1, 7-5-1988; Ord. No. 4396 §1, 6-3-1991; Ord. No. 4801 §1, 9-17-2001; Ord. No. 5185 §1, 10-3-2011]
A. 
Four (4) City Council districts shall be established and their boundaries set by ordinance following each decennial (ten (10) year) census prepared by or for the United States Government or at other more frequent intervals as may be determined by the Council. Districts shall comprise compact and contiguous territory and shall contain, as nearly as possible, an equal number of inhabitants.
B. 
The City of Richmond Heights is hereby divided into the following four (4) districts:
1. 
District 1 — North Zone.
The area contained within the following boundaries: Starting at the intersections of the northern City limits and the centerline of Surrey Hills Drive; then southwardly along the centerline of Surrey Hills Drive to the intersection with Wise Avenue; then southwardly along the centerline of Wise Avenue to Laclede Station Road; then southwardly down the centerline of Laclede Station Road to Interstate 64; then eastwardly along the center of Interstate 64 to the centerline of Claytonia Terrace; then southwardly along the centerline of Claytonia Terrace to Dale Avenue; then eastwardly along the centerline of Dale to Big Bend Boulevard; then northwardly along the centerline of Big Bend Boulevard to Interstate 64; then eastwardly along the centerline of Interstate 64 to Sunset Avenue; then northwardly along the centerline of Sunset Avenue to Wise Avenue; then westwardly along the centerline of Wise Avenue to Highland Terrace; then northwardly on the centerline of Highland Terrace to Ethel Avenue; then westwardly on the centerline of Ethel Avenue to Big Bend Boulevard; then northwardly along the centerline of Big Bend Boulevard to Clayton Road; then westwardly along the centerline of Clayton Road to the point of beginning.
2. 
District 2 — South Zone.
The area contained within the following boundaries: Starting at the intersection of the southern City limits and the centerline of Hanley Road; then northwardly along the centerline of Hanley Road to Interstate 64; then eastwardly on Interstate 64 to the centerline of Claytonia Terrace; then southwardly along the centerline of Claytonia Terrace to the centerline of Dale Avenue; the eastwardly along the centerline of Dale Avenue to the centerline of Big Bend Boulevard; then southwardly along the centerline of Big Bend Boulevard to Arlington Drive; then eastwardly along the centerline of Arlington Drive to Del Norte Avenue; then southwardly along the centerline of Del Norte Avenue to the southern City limits; then westwardly along the southern City limits to Big Bend Boulevard; then northwardly along the centerline of Big Bend Boulevard to West Bruno; then westwardly along the centerline of West Bruno to the point of beginning.
3. 
District 3 — East Zone.
All of the area east of the eastern boundaries of District One (1) and Two (2) to the eastern City limits.
4. 
District 4 — West Zone.
All of the areas west of the western boundary of District One (1) to the western City limits.