[R.O. 2008 §20.400; Ord. No. 2297, 11-8-2005; Ord. No. 2299, 12-13-2005]
The regular municipal election shall be held annually on the first (1st) Tuesday following the first (1st) Monday in April or at such other time as may be required by Missouri law. The Council may call for other elections at such times as are allowed by Missouri law. All candidate filings, ballot certifications and elections shall be scheduled and conducted as required by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, except as may be provided herein. The City Clerk shall be responsible for the publication of all required notices and the administration of the municipal election process.
[R.O. 2008 §20.401; Ord. No. 2297, 11-8-2005]
Nominating Petition. Nominations for the Council shall be made by petition signed by not less than twenty-five (25) registered voters who are entitled to vote for the candidate so nominated. Each signer shall indicate residence, giving the street and number. Each petition shall be verified by the oath of some responsible person, before an officer competent to administer oaths, that each signature thereon is the genuine signature of the person whose name it purports to be and that it was signed in the circulator's presence.
Filing And Acceptance. All separate papers comprising a nominating petition shall be assembled and filed with the City Clerk. The Clerk shall designate and publish deadlines for nominating petitions and such deadlines shall be fourteen (14) days prior to the time established by Missouri law for filing notices of declaration of candidacy with the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, whether as a ballot or write-in candidate. No nominating petition shall be accepted unless accompanied by a signed acceptance of the nomination. The City Clerk shall make a record of the exact date and time when each petition is filed.
Forms. The City Clerk shall designate appropriate forms for the nominating petition and acceptance of nomination.
Procedure After Filing. Within seven (7) business days after the deadline for filing a nominating petition, the City Clerk shall notify the candidate and the person who filed the nominating petition whether or not it is sufficient. If the petition is found to be insufficient, the City Clerk shall return it immediately to the person who filed it with a statement certifying wherein the petition is insufficient. Not later than five (5) business days prior to the time established by Missouri law for filing notices of declaration of candidacy with the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, a new or supplemental petition may be filed for the same candidate. The petition of each candidate nominated to be a member of the Council shall be preserved until the expiration of the term of office for which he/she has been nominated.
[R.O. 2008 §20.402; Ord. No. 2297, 11-8-2005]
Returns—Canvass. On certification of the election returns by the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners, the results of any election, whether regular or special, shall be declared by the City Clerk at the next regular Council meeting following the certification. Those candidates receiving the highest number of votes, for the number of positions to be filled, shall be declared elected and shall be inducted into office following such declaration.
Tie Vote. If two (2) or more candidates receive an equal number of votes and a greater number than any other candidate, when a single position on the Council is the subject of the election, then a run-off election shall be held at the next possible opportunity allowed by Missouri law. In the event that the candidates in a run-off election receive an equal number of votes cast for the same office, then the Council shall proceed to determine the election by lot from among those having the same number of votes in a meeting open to the public and to which all candidates have been invited. At least five (5) days' written notice of the drawing of lot shall be given to the said candidates.
[R.O. 2008 §20.403; Ord. No. 2297, 11-8-2005]
Before entering upon the duties of office, every member, whether elected or appointed, shall take and subscribe before and file with, the City Clerk an oath or affirmation that the person possesses all the qualifications for the office, that the person is not subject to any of the disqualifications set forth in this Charter, that the person will support the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the State of Missouri and the Charter and ordinances of the City of Olivette and that the person will faithfully discharge the duties of the office.
[R.O. 2008 §20.404; Ord. No. 2297, 11-8-2005]
The City Clerk shall designate an appropriate form for candidate informational statements and shall make such form available to any interested person. Any candidate desiring to utilize the City's candidate informational statement service shall deliver his/her informational statement to the City Clerk not later than the deadline for filing nominating petitions for inclusion on the ballot. On the close of the period for filing notice of such declarations of candidacy, the City shall publish candidate informational statements as time and other circumstances may allow.