A copy of the map which sets out the ward boundaries can be found on file in the office of the City Clerk.
Note—New ward boundaries were established by ord. no. 5856, adopted September 12, 2011, based on the 2010 census.
Cross References—As to city council composition, charter §3.2(a); as to vacancy in office of mayor, charter §3.6(c); as to vacancy in office of council member, charter §3.6(d); as to number of votes, charter §7.3; as to initiative, referendum and recall—general authority, charter §8.1; as to commencement of proceedings, petitioners' committee— affidavit, charter §8.2; as to petitions, charter §8.3; as to procedure after filing, charter §8.4; as to referendum petitions—suspension of effect of ordinance, charter §8.5; as to action on petitions, charter §8.6; as to results of election, charter §8.7; as to reverse referendum—advisory election, charter §8.8.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.010; Prior Code §2-301]
All City elections shall be conducted and held in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 115, RSMo., hereinafter called "Act" as amended from time to time and also pursuant to all other relevant State Statutes.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.020; Prior Code §2-302]
In accordance with the provisions of the Act:
The City is a political subdivision as defined therein;
The County Clerks of Scott and New Madrid Counties are the election authority as defined therein; and
The County Clerks, as the election authorities, conduct all City elections pursuant to the provisions of the Act except as otherwise provided in Section 115.023, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.090; Ord. No. 5960 §§I—II, 7-28-2014]
Any person desiring to become a candidate for Council member or Mayor shall file with the City Clerk within the time prescribed by ordinance a statement of such candidacy in substantially the following form:
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.100; Ord. No. 4702, 11-7-1988; Ord. No. 4741, 8-11-1989; Ord. No. 5111 §II, 7-1996]
No statement of candidacy for the position of Mayor or City Council member shall be accepted for filing by the City Clerk prior to 8:00 A.M. on the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday preceding the City primary election. No statement of candidacy for City Council member shall be accepted for filing by the City Clerk after 5:00 P.M. on the twelfth (12th) Tuesday prior to the City primary election.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.110; Ord. No. 5488, 12-2002]
Statement of candidacy for special election to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor or City Council member shall be accepted for filing by the City Clerk within the time prescribed by election ordinance authorizing the special election.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.120; Ord. No. 5488, 12-2002]
All City elections shall be held on Tuesday and pursuant to State Statutes for permissible election dates.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.130; Ord. No. 4702, 11-7-1988; Ord. No. 5111 §II, 7-1996]
In City elections conducted by the County Clerk, the City Clerk shall notify the County Clerk prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to any City election. The notice shall be in writing and shall specify that the City is calling the election, the purpose of the election, the candidates running and the office sought, the date of the election and shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to be published and the sample ballot.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.140; Prior Code §2-314; Ord. No. 5891 §IV, 9-24-2012]
The City primary election for the nomination of candidates for the position of Mayor or Council member shall be held if there are more than two (2) candidates for nomination to a City office (Charter 7.2). Within twenty-four (24) hours after the expiration of the time for filing such statements with the City Clerk, the City Clerk shall canvas the statements filed with the City Clerk to determine whether or not the City primary election is to be held. In the event the primary election shall be held, the names of candidates shall appear on the primary ballot in the order the statements were filed with the City Clerk.
The City Council hereby designates the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in February as the date primary elections shall be conducted.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.150; Prior Code §2-315]
In the event the primary election shall not be held, the names of persons filing statements shall be placed in the order they were filed with the City Clerk on the official ballot of the City general election or special election to fill vacancy.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.160; Ord. No. 5488, 12-2002]
At the City primary election, the names of candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be placed on the official ballot at the City general election or City special election and the names of the candidates shall be arranged in the order of their votes received at the primary election.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.170; Prior Code §2-317]
The forms of ballot for election shall be as provided by law. The City Clerk shall prepare the sample ballot and submit same to the County Clerks as provided in the Act.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.190; Prior Code §2-319]
As soon as practicable after each City election, the election authority shall convene a Verification Board in accordance with the Act to verify the count and certify the results of the election. Not later than the second (2nd) Tuesday after the election, the Verification Board shall issue a statement announcing the results of each election and shall certify the returns to the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall, as soon as possible after the City general election or special election, issue to each person elected to the City Council a certificate of nomination or election.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.200]
If two (2) or more persons receive an equal number of votes for the position of Mayor or Council member and a higher number of votes than any other candidate for nomination or election to the City Council, the City Clerk shall, immediately after the results of the election have been certified, issue a proclamation stating the facts and ordering a special election to determine which candidate is nominated or elected to the City Council. The proclamation shall set the date of the election and shall be sent by the City Clerk to the election authority responsible for conducting the special election. In the proclamation, the City Clerk shall specify the name of each candidate for Council member to be voted on at the election and the special election shall be conducted and the votes counted as in other elections. Only the name of those persons who have received an equal number of votes for nomination or election to the City Council and a higher number of votes than any other candidate for the City Council at the same election shall appear on the special election ballot. Such special election may be held on any Tuesday authorized by the Council by appropriate election ordinance.
As an alternative to the procedure prescribed in Section 115.517.1—3, RSMo., if the candidates who received an equal number of votes in such election agree to the procedure prescribed in this Subsection, the officer with whom such candidates filed their declarations of candidacy may, after notification of the time and place of such drawing given to each such candidate at least five (5) days before such drawing, determine the winner of such election by lot. Any candidate who received an equal number of votes may decline to have his/her name put into such drawing.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.210; Prior Code §2-321]
Prior to each City election, the Council shall timely pass an election ordinance authorizing, establishing and providing the election procedure to be followed in the conduct of the City election; provided however, that only one (1) election ordinance need be passed for both the City primary election, if required, and the City general election; and for both the City special primary election, if required, and City special election to fill vacancy on the Council.
[R.O. 2009 §2.84.410; Prior Code §2-322(b)]
No person shall electioneer or solicit votes for any elective officer within twenty-five (25) feet of any polling place on primary or election days.