Article I In General
Article II Wards
[Code 1975 §10.02; CC 1989 §7-2]
The election day for the election of City Officers shall be the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April each year; and shall be known as the "general municipal election day.
Propositions for consideration by City electorate, and any special elections to fill vacancies in any elective office, shall be held on such date as shall have been determined by the Board of Aldermen consistent with the provisions of Section 115.123, RSMo.
The Board of Aldermen may provide, in accordance with Sections 115.121 through 115.129, RSMo., as amended, for a special election whether for the purpose of considering propositions or filling a vacancy in office by ordinance. The City Clerk shall give timely notice to the County Board of Election Commissioners pursuant to Section 115.125, RSMo., as amended.
[Code 1975 §10.03; CC 1989 §7-3; Ord. No. 1213 §1, 9-12-1988; Ord. No. 1332 §1, 10-9-1989; Ord. No. 2013 §1, 12-2-1996]
Any person possessing the requirements for a candidate to an elective office in the City may secure from, and file with, the City Clerk, during the period for filing, a candidate's application form in triplicate. The candidate's application form adopted by the Board of Aldermen shall be entitled "Declaration of Candidacy for Municipal Election".
No candidate shall be considered as having filed for an elective office unless he/she completes such form, signs it, and affirms the information thereon in the presence of the City Clerk, and, unless he/she shall have the City Clerk attest his/her signature and record the time and date of filing in the space provided. A candidate shall receive from the City Clerk an exact duplicate copy of the form he/she filed, provided it shall be timed, dated and attached by the Clerk.
The City Clerk shall not refuse a candidate's application for any reason; provided however, the City Clerk, if he/she deems the application erroneous or improper, shall note the error, or impropriety, above his/her attestation. The Clerk shall preserve in his/her file the original of the triplicate set of forms filed by each candidate respectively for two (2) years after the date of the election for which a candidate's declaration was made.
A candidate for any office to be filled at the City election shall properly file his/her declaration of candidacy for municipal election no earlier than 8:00 A.M. the fifteenth (15th) Tuesday prior to the election, and not later than 5:00 P.M. the eleventh (11th) Tuesday prior to the election. The City Clerk shall accept only such declarations for filing which are submitted during the period set forth above in the office of the City Clerk during the regular work hours of such office.
Except as provided for in Sections 115.247 and 115.359, RSMo., if there is no additional cost for the printing or reprinting of ballots or if the candidate agrees to pay any printing or reprinting costs, a candidate who has filed for an office or who has been duly nominated for an office, may, at any time after the certification required in Section 115.125, RSMo., but no later than 5:00 P.M. on the sixth (6th) Tuesday before the election, withdraw as a candidate pursuant to a court order, which, except for good cause shown by the election authority in opposition thereto, shall be freely given upon application by the candidate to the Circuit Court of the area of such candidate's residence.
[Code 1975 §10.04; CC 1989 §7-4]
Candidates for Mayor in a City election shall use the form designated "Mayor's Form", as set forth in this Section and candidates for Aldermen shall use the form designated "Alderman's Form", as set forth in this Section.
[Code 1975 §10.05; CC 1989 §7-5]
The City Clerk shall file, on forms provided by the County Board of Election Commissioners, his/her certification of candidates and/or propositions, with the notice to the County Board of Election Commissioners as specified in Section 105.010 of this Chapter, or at such other time as may be ordered by the Board of Aldermen not inconsistent with Sections 115.121 through 115.129, RSMo., as amended, and any regulations which may have been adopted by the County Board of Election Commissioners.
If the candidates who received an equal number of votes in such election agree to the procedure prescribed in this Section, 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.
[Code 1975 §10.09; CC 1989 §7-9]
All requirements and duties of the City Clerk under this Chapter may be performed by an assistant or Deputy City Clerk.
[Code 1975 §10.01; CC 1989 §7-1; Ord. No. 1596 §4, 5-18-1992]
The City is hereby divided into four (4) Wards. A detailed description of the boundaries of such Wards is on file at the office of the City Clerk in the municipal center.