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BULLET St. Louis City Charter Article II Elections*

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Article II 
Elections*

V.A.M.S.:

Ch. 122 Municipal elections

122.650--122.970 St. Louis City--Nominations 122.800 Primaries

City Counselor Ops.: 9882

* Constitution:

Article 8 Suffrage and elections

Section 1 When general elections held.

A general municipal election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April, 2005, and every two years thereafter.

City Counselor Ops.: 10153

Cases:

Since a revenue collector of the city of St. Louis is a state officer his election is regulated by state law. State v. Koeln, 192 S.W. 748, 270 Mo. 174 (1917).

History:

Submission Ordinance No. 66192

Submission Ordinance Approved February 20, 2004.

Amendment Substance: changing the date of municipal elections.

Voter Adoption Date: August 3, 2004.

Section 2 Mayor and comptroller.

At the general city election in 1917, and every four years thereafter, a mayor and comptroller shall be elected each for a term of four years and until his successor qualifies.

Section 3 Alderman.

At the general city election in 1915 one alderman from each odd-numbered ward shall be elected for a term of two years, and at the same election, and every four years thereafter, one alderman from each even-numbered ward, and a president of the board of aldermen, shall be elected, each for a term of four years. At the general city election in 1917, and every four years thereafter, one alderman from each odd-numbered ward shall be elected, each for a term of four years.

City Counselor Ops.: 9863

Cases:

Aldermen's salaries were governed by the new 1914 Charter which superseded the old charter. State v. Player, 218 S.W. 859, 280 Mo. 496 (1920).

Section 4 General ticket required for elective officers.

Every elective city officer, including the president and members of the board of aldermen, shall be elected by a general ticket; provided, that whenever the constitution and laws of the state permit, each alderman shall be elected only by the voters of the ward from which he is elected.

Cases:

If the charter is properly amended the state constitution and statutes are broad enough to permit aldermen to be elected only by members of their wards. State v. Waechter, 80 S.W. 672, 336 Mo. 509 (1935).

Section 5 Elections on initiative, referendum or recall. When held.

The board of election commissioners shall designate the day for holding any special election under the initiative, referendum or recall provisions of this charter.

Section 6 Same--Notice to be given.

The board of election commissioners shall cause a notice to be published at least three times in at least two daily newspapers in the city, the first insertion to be at least twenty days prior to the holding of any election under the initiative, referendum or recall provisions of this charter, such notice to state the time and place of holding such election and the general nature of each proposition or ordinance to be voted upon.

Section 7 Conduct of elections.

Except as in this charter otherwise provided, all elections shall be held and proceedings had in relation thereto as may be provided by law or ordinance.

V.A.M.S.:

C. 118 Registration of voters and conduct of elections in cities of over 600,000 inhabitants

82.180 Providing for nominations and the form of ballots

City Counselor Ops.: 8914, 9707

Cases:

State laws govern the election of municipal officers at general state elections. State v. Barrett, 181 S.W. 2d 493, 352 Mo. 1130 (1944).

Section 8 Expense of elections on initiative, referendum or recall.

All necessary expenses incurred in preparing for and conducting any election under the initiative, referendum or recall provisions of this charter shall be paid as follows: The board of election commissioners shall prepare its estimate of such expenses and submit same to the board of aldermen. The mayor and board of aldermen must then appropriate the amount so estimated. The board of election commissioners shall audit and approve all such expenses so incurred and certify them to the comptroller, who must draw his warrant therefor on the treasurer, who must pay the same. If no appropriation has been made for such payment, the treasurer shall charge the same to any fund not otherwise appropriated or to any fund available therefor, anything in this charter to the contrary notwithstanding.

History:

Submission Ordinance No. 66330

Submission Ordinance Approved July 23, 2004.

Amendment Substance: restructures city finance offices and functions.

Voter Rejection Date: November 2, 2004.

Section 9 Municipal elections.

Whenever it may be done in harmony with the state constitution and laws, the board of aldermen shall by ordinance provide for and regulate municipal elections and registration of voters and may provide by ordinance for nonpartisan nominations, preferential voting or proportional representation.

Cases:

State laws govern the election of municipal officers at general state elections. State v. Barrett, 181 S.W. 2d 493, 352 Mo. 1130 (1944).

McQuillin:

12.02--12.26 Municipal Elections


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