[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of South Pasadena 6-8-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 22, Elections, adopted 2-25-1992 by Ord. No. 92-04, as amended, and reserved former §§ 22-1 through 22-14.
[Amended 9-20-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-07]
City elections shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Florida Election Code, Florida Statutes Chapter 97 et seq., except that the City shall not comply with F.S. § 101.655 dealing with supervised voting by absent electors in certain facilities, when the City election is not held in conjunction with a County-wide election. The City shall not follow the provisions of F.S. § 101.657 to the extent that section requires early voting at City Hall. Nothing in this section shall prohibit early voting in municipal elections at locations provided by the County supervisor of elections.
[Amended 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-11]
General elections shall be held as provided in the City Charter. Special elections shall be held as provided in the City Charter, City Code and at any other time or for any other purpose that the City Commission deems necessary. Commission members elected at any City election shall be sworn into office as soon as practicable following certification of the election results by the Canvassing Board.
The City Canvassing Board shall consist of the City Clerk, the City Attorney and the Director of Public Safety. If for any reason any one of these three officials is unable to fulfill his or her assigned duties as a Canvassing Board member, the Director of Finance and the Director of Community Improvement, in order, shall serve as alternates for the Canvassing Board.
The City Canvassing Board shall perform the duties outlined in the Florida Election Code for elections where City offices and issues appear on the ballot and the Pinellas County Canvassing Board is not willing to serve. The Pinellas County Canvassing Board is authorized to act as the Canvassing Board for the City and shall be responsible for performing all duties set forth in the Florida Election Code for any City election in which the Pinellas County Canvassing Board is willing to serve.
[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-10]
In the event a properly registered candidate dies, withdraws or is removed from the ballot for any reason following the cutoff date for candidate registration and the result is that less than two candidates remain for any office, the registration period for candidates for the office shall immediately reopen and remain open for a period of 15 days. In the event that the last day of qualifying for the vacancy falls after the County Supervisor of Election's deadline for submission of ballot language, the entire City election shall be postponed. The City Commission shall immediately set a date for a special election that shall be no less than 30 days and no more than 60 days following the date set for the original election. Incumbent(s) shall be entitled to remain in office until the special election is held. Resignations that were to take effect on the original election date shall be deemed effective on the revised election date.
Ballots for municipal elections shall contain the following and be printed in the following order and format:
The candidates, if any, shall be listed alphabetically based upon their last names.
In the event one or more write-in candidates have qualified, the ballot shall make provisions for a write-in vote.
Referendum questions involving Charter changes approved by the City Commission (if applicable) shall be listed by printing the approved ballot language in chronological order, starting with the question approved first by the City Commission or, if approved by the same ordinance, in the order in which they appear in said ordinance.
Other referendum questions approved by the City Commission (if applicable) shall be listed by printing the approved ballot language in chronological order, starting with the question approved first by the City Commission.
Citizen's initiative and referendum questions (if applicable) shall be listed with Charter amendments first and ordinance amendments second and in chronological order starting with the first to receive a Clerk's certificate of sufficiency, in each category.
Prior to each municipal election, the City Commission shall adopt a resolution announcing the offices to be elected and the qualifying dates (if applicable), and the date of the election. The resolution shall also state the location of the polling places and the hours for balloting.
The City Clerk is responsible for conducting municipal elections and is authorized to contract with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections or any other qualified organization to assist the City in all aspects of the election process. The City Clerk is authorized to employ Election Board members and to contract for the use of polling places.
Absentee ballots shall be available exclusively through the Office of Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. No absentee ballots will be made available at City Hall. No City employee, including the City Clerk, shall have any direct role in the procurement of absentee ballots on behalf of any third person voting in a City election unless that person is a relative of the City employee.
[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-11]
For regular City elections, qualifying shall begin on the first business day of November and end 14 days later. Both the opening and closing of qualifying shall be at the hour of 12:00 noon. When special elections are held, the qualifying periods shall be as set forth in the resolution calling for the election.