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BULLET St. Louis City Charter Article III Recall of Elective Officers

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Article III
Recall of Elective Officers

Section 1 By whom exercised.

Any elective officer may be recalled by the voters of the city, or if he shall have been elected by the voters of a ward or district, then by the voters of such ward or district, as hereinafter provided.

McQuillin:

12.251--12.251g Removal by Recall

History:

Submission Ordinance No. 61197

Submission Ordinance Approved January 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: adding provision that ordinances consistent with this article and other applicable laws may be adopted regulating the form of recall petitions and the collection and validity of signatures thereon.

Voter Rejection Date: March 7, 1989.

Submission Ordinance No. 61502

Submission Ordinance Approved July 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: adding provision that ordinances consistent with this article and other applicable laws may be adopted regulating the form of recall petitions and the collection and validity of signatures thereon.

Voter Rejection Date: November 8, 1989.

Section 2 Petition--Percentage of voters required.

A petition for such recall shall be signed by registered voters equal in number to twenty percent of all the registered voters of the city at the time of the last preceding regular mayoralty election; provided, that in such number shall be included twenty percent of the registered voters at said time in each of at least two-thirds of the wards of the city; provided further, that if the officer shall have been elected by the voters of a ward or district, the petition need be signed by only twenty percent of all the registered voters therein at the time of said mayoralty election.

History:

Submission Ordinance No. 61197

Submission Ordinance Approved January 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: amending percentage of registered voters required from twenty to thirty percent

Voter Rejection Date: March 7, 1989.

Submission Ordinance No. 61502

Submission Ordinance Approved July 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: confirming percentage of registered voters inquired as twenty percent.

Voter Rejection Date: November 8, 1989.

Section 3 Same--How signatures affixed.

The signatures need not all be appended to one paper, but all papers comprising the petition shall be uniform in character and shall each be verified by affidavit stating that each signature thereto was made in affiant's presence by, as affiant verily believes, the person whose name it purports to be. Each signer shall state, opposite his signature, his residence address. Any person shall be deemed a registered voter whose name is unerased on the registration books.

City Counselor Ops.: 10027

Section 4 Same--Contents.

Each of the papers comprising the petition shall state the name and office of the officer whose recall is sought and ask for his recall before any signature is appended thereto.

City Counselor Ops.: 10421

Section 5 Same--Filing and certification.

All papers comprising the petition shall be assembled by the petitioners and filed with the board of election commissioners as one instrument, and within ten days thereafter said board shall find and certify as to the sufficiency of the petition, stating the number of registered voters signing. If the petition is certified to be insufficiently signed, supplemental papers conforming to the requirements for the originals may be filed within twenty days thereafter, and said board, within ten days after such supplements are filed, shall find and certify as to the sufficiency of the petition, so supplemented. If found still insufficiently signed, no further supplement shall be allowed, but a new petition may be filed.

City Counselor Ops.: 10027

Section 6 Notification to officer.

If such recall petition, with supplements, if any, be found sufficient, a certificate to that effect shall be mailed by said board to the officer, and if he does not resign within ten days after such mailing, said board shall provide for submitting the question of his recall at the first election at which it may lawfully be submitted, not less than thirty nor more than ninety days after such mailing, and if there is no such election, then at a special election to be held within such ninety days if legally possible, otherwise at the earliest day at which said question may be submitted at either a general or special election. Any such election, at any stage thereof, shall at once be discontinued upon the death, resignation or removal of the officer whose recall is in question.

City Counselor Ops.: 10421

Section 7 Form of ballot.

The ballot shall state the proposition, "Shall (name of officer) be removed from the office of (name of office)?" and to the right thereof, in bold type, the words "yes" and "no," one above the other. To vote for the recall of said officer the voter shall strike out the word "no," and to vote against such recall, the word "yes." If the majority of the votes cast thereon at said election shall be in favor of such recall, the office shall be vacant five days thereafter.

Section 8 Propositions to be separately submitted.

No petition shall seek the recall of more than one officer, but several propositions for recall may be separately submitted at the same election on the same ballot.

Section 9 Limitations on use.

No recall petition shall be filed against any officer within the first six months or the last six months of his term nor within six months after a proposition for his recall has been defeated at an election.

History:

Submission Ordinance No. 61197

Submission Ordinance Approved January 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: adding provisions on form of recall petition and requiring that no recall petition shall be filed against any officer later than one hundred twenty days after the earliest dated signature thereon.

Voter Rejection Date: March 7, 1989.

Submission Ordinance No. 61502

Submission Ordinance Approved July 31, 1989.

Amendment Substance: adding provisions on form of recall petition and requiring that no recall petition shall be filed against any officer later than one hundred twenty days after the earliest dated signature thereon.

Voter Rejection Date: November 8, 1989.

Submission Ordinance No. 66974

Amendment Substance: limit time for submitting recall petition

Voter Rejection Date: April 4, 2006


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