[Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
A regular election for the choice of elective municipal officials shall be held annually on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April, or on such other date as may hereafter be required by State Statute.
The City Council may by resolution, call, set the time of, and provide for holding special elections.
[Ord. No. 89-96 §1, 11-15-1989; Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
Dates for the beginning or opening of filing for election to local public office shall be posted and published in a newspaper of general circulation. Such notice shall also contain the ending or closing date for such filing.
The City Clerk shall not accept any nominating petitions prior to the opening time and date, nor subsequent to the closing time and date as set forth in the published notice.
The closing date for filing shall be twenty-four (24) hours prior to the time and date that the St. Louis County Board of Election Commissioners requires the nominating petitions to be submitted to them.
Nominating petitions shall be filed with the City Clerk at the City Hall during regular business hours not earlier than the fourth (4th) Monday before the last day by which the City Clerk must notify the Board of Election Commissioners concerning such election nor later than the day before the last day which the City Clerk must make such notification. The City Clerk shall notify a candidate of any insufficiency in a nominating petition within twenty-four (24) hours after the City Clerk may receive notice from the Board of Election Commissioners whether or not the nominating petition is sufficient. Within the regular filing time for filing petitions, new or supplemental petitions may be filed for the same candidate.
[Ord. No. 89-96 §2, 11-15-1989; Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
Prior to filing, each candidate shall obtain from the City Clerk a Petition for Nomination, an Affidavit of Qualifications, and a Declaration of Candidacy forms.
All must be completed and submitted by the candidate in person to the City Clerk at the time of filing.
Filing forms may be obtained at any time during normal working hours at the office of the City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 89-96 §3, 11-15-1989; Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
Names shall appear on the ballot in the order in which the candidates filed for office.
In order to determine this order, and realizing that past practice has involved queuing of candidates and surrogates in advance of the filing date, the following rules govern the order of filing acceptance by the City Clerk.
Queuing for ballot position shall be in an area designated by Administration outside the office of the City Clerk.
Queue positions shall follow the order in which the candidates sign their names on the posted "Pre-Filing Candidacy List." Candidates shall be considered present in the queue, provided that they or their surrogates are continuously present in the designated area, from the time of signing the posted list, until the time that their filing papers are received by the City Clerk. Candidates failing to meet the above requirement shall lose their position and must return to the end of the line.
[Ord. No. 89-96 §4, 11-15-1989; Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
Once a queuing of candidates has begun the City Clerk shall post and maintain the list of such potential candidates. Such posting shall be seven (7) days before the filing opening date, or earlier if requested by any citizen.
[Ord. No. 89-96 §5, 11-15-1989; Ord. No. 98-39 §1, 5-20-1998]
Since queuing involves some disruption to normal City routine, the following rules apply to conduct within and upon City premises and the use of City equipment:
Candidates and their surrogates may not use the telephones during business hours except in the case of an emergency.
No alcoholic beverages may be permitted.
Radios and tape players will not be permitted during business hours. After business hours, they may be permitted, but only at reasonable or normal sound volume.