[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Pinedale 1975 by Charter Ord. No. 1; amended in its entirety 1998 by Charter Ord. No. 2 (Ch. 2.04 of the 1983 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This amendment to Charter Ordinance No. 1 is adopted pursuant to the authority vested in cities and towns of the State of Wyoming by Article 13, Section 1, Constitution of the State of Wyoming.
The Town of Pinedale hereby elects to conduct its elections for office or for Town ballot propositions in accordance with this Charter Ordinance and not in the same manner as statewide elections.
[Amended 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 637]
The general election of the Town shall be held on the Tuesday next following the first Monday in the month of May in even-numbered years. Polls shall be open at 8:00 a.m. and shall close at 7:00 p.m., local time. The place of election shall be set by resolution by the Town Council.
[Amended 7-23-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-420]
Two Council persons shall be elected at large at each general municipal election. The term of office of Mayor and of Council person is four years. Any office which is declared vacant shall appear on the ballot at the next general municipal election. If the term of the office declared vacant does not expire at the next general election, the office shall appear on the ballot for the remainder of the unexpired term.
The Town Clerk-Treasurer is the chief election officer for Town elections and is responsible for determining if a person seeking nomination is a qualified candidate; preparing the ballots in substantially the same form as the general election nonpartisan ballot; designating polling places; and otherwise conducting the election.
The Town Clerk-Treasurer shall appoint five qualified election judges in accordance with the qualifications and other applicable provisions set forth in the Wyoming Election Code, which judges shall count the votes, in addition to their other duties.
Between 45 days and 35 days before each Town election, the Town Clerk-Treasurer shall publish once in a newspaper of general circulation in the Town and post conspicuously in not less than three public places in the Town a proclamation setting forth the date, time, and place of the forthcoming election, the titles and terms of the offices to be filled at the election, the number of persons required by law to fill the offices, the requirements for filing statements of campaign receipts and expenditures and, in addition, before the election, the legislative description of each proposed ballot proposition to be submitted to the voters of the Town.
The canvassing board shall be composed of the Town Clerk-Treasurer and two qualified electors of the Town of different political parties appointed by the Town Council. The two appointed members shall receive the same compensation as election judges for statewide elections. The canvassing board shall meet within six days of the election at a time and place set by the Town Clerk-Treasurer.
A Town ballot proposition to be voted on at an election shall be printed on the Town ballot by the Town Clerk-Treasurer.
That part of the Wyoming Election Code applying to nominations and primary elections (currently Wyoming Statutes §§ 22-23-301 through 22-23-308, inclusive) shall not apply to the Town of Pinedale.
A vacancy in nomination occurs if there is an elected office for which no qualified candidate makes application to be placed on the ballot. A vacancy in nomination for such an office shall be filled by the Town Council immediately after the time has expired to accept election applications.
[Amended 2-11-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-436]
Not more than 55 days and not later than 10 days preceding the election, each candidate for municipal office shall pay a filing fee of $25 and sign and file with the Town Clerk-Treasurer an election application in substantially the following form:
The Town Clerk-Treasurer shall furnish names of all candidates, together with office filed for, to the official Town newspaper immediately after names of all candidates are known.
The Town Clerk-Treasurer shall prepare Town ballot in substantially the same form as the statewide general election nonpartisan ballot.
The returns of the Town election shall be canvassed by the Town canvassing board, which shall certify the results in writing to the Town Clerk-Treasurer. A tie vote shall be broken by lots cast by the Town canvassing board.
As soon as the official result of the Town election is received from the Town canvassing board, the Town Clerk-Treasurer shall issue certificates of election to the persons receiving the highest number of votes for each office to be filled at the election.
The term of office of a person elected at the Town election commences on the first day of June following the election.
Before entering the duties of elected office, the person elected to a Town office shall sign and file with the Town Clerk-Treasurer the same constitutional oath of office as county officers.
The Town shall bear the expenses of elections held pursuant to this Charter Ordinance.
Except for those parts of the Wyoming Statutes which have been modified or excluded by this Charter Ordinance, all matters with respect to elections for Town office or for ballot propositions of the Town of Pinedale shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the Wyoming Election Code of 1973 and any amendments, modifications, or revisions thereof.