CHAPTER 105: ELECTIONS
ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL
SECTION 105.010: CONFORMANCE OF CITY ELECTIONS WITH STATE LAW
All City elections shall be conducted and held in conformance with the provisions of Chapter 115, RSMo.
SECTION 105.020: DATE OF MUNICIPAL ELECTION
A. A municipal election for the qualified voters of this City shall be held on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of each year.
B. On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of even-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Stockton shall be held for the purpose of electing a Mayor who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
C. On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of even-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Stockton shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
D. On the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April of odd-numbered years, a municipal election of the qualified voters of the City of Stockton shall be held for the purpose of electing one (1) Alderman from each ward who shall hold his/her office for a term of two (2) years and until his/her successor is elected and qualified.
SECTION 105.025: CANDIDATES FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE─NO ARREARAGE FOR
MUNICIPAL TAXES OR USER FEES PERMITTED
No person shall be a candidate for municipal office unless such person complies with the provisions of Section 115.346, RSMo., regarding payment of municipal taxes or user fees.
SECTION 105.030: DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY─DATES FOR FILING
Any person who desires to become a candidate for an elective City office at the general City election shall file with the City Clerk, not prior to the hour of 8:00 A.M., on the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday prior to, nor later than 5:00 P.M., on the eleventh (11th) Tuesday prior to the next City municipal election, a written declaration of his/her intent to become a candidate at said election. The City Clerk shall keep a permanent record of the names of the candidates, the offices for which they seek election, and the date of their filing, and their names shall appear on the ballots in that order.
SECTION 105.035: DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY─QUALIFICATIONS
Any person who is not qualified for his/her office as provided by this Code or other ordinances shall not be entitled to have his/her name printed on the ballot. The qualifications of a candidate for office shall be determined by the Board of Aldermen upon hearing given, and upon its own motion, or upon written affidavit by some person that a named candidate is not qualified as such for the office sought. (CC 1979 §31.030)
SECTION 105.040: DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY─NOTICE TO PUBLIC
The City Clerk shall, on or before the sixteenth (16th) Tuesday prior to any election at which City offices are to be filled by said election, notify the general public of the opening filing date, the office or offices to be filled, the proper place for filing, and the closing filing date of the election. Such notification may be accomplished by legal notice published in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation in the City.
SECTION 105.050: DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY─FORM
The form of said written declaration of candidacy shall be substantially as follows:
STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY
STATE OF MISSOURI )
COUNTY OF CEDAR )
I, , being first duly sworn, state that I reside at , City of Stockton, County of Cedar, Missouri; that I am a qualified voter; that I do hereby declare myself a candidate for the office of , to be voted upon at the municipal election to be held on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in April, , and I meet all the qualifications required of a candidate for said office, and I hereby request that my name be printed upon the official ballot for said election for said office, and state that I will serve as such officer, if elected.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this day of , .
City of Stockton
(S E A L)
§ 105.060 Elections § 105.080
SECTION 105.060: NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
In City elections, the City Clerk shall notify the County Clerk prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to any City election except as noted in Section 115.125.1, RSMo. The notice shall be in writing, shall specify that the Board of Aldermen is calling the election, the purpose of the election, the date of the election, and shall include a certified copy of the legal notice to be published including the sample ballot. The written notice shall be executed on behalf of the Board of Aldermen by the Mayor of the Board and shall include the attestation of the City Clerk and shall have affixed thereto the Seal of the City of Stockton. The notice and any other information required by this Section may, with the prior notification to the election authority receiving the notice, be accepted by facsimile transmission prior to 5:00 P.M. on the tenth (10th) Tuesday prior to the election, provided that the original copy of the notice and a certified copy of the legal notice to be published shall be received in the office of the election authority within three (3) business days from the date of the facsimile transmission.
SECTION 105.070: SPECIAL ELECTIONS
A special election for any lawful purpose may be called by ordinance at a time to be stated therein. Such election shall be conducted in accordance with State law. (CC 1979 §31.060; Ord. No. 49 §31.060, 2-24-86)
ARTICLE II. WARDS
SECTION 105.080: VOTING DISTRICTS
A. The City of Stockton is hereby divided into two (2) wards.
B. Dividing Line. The line dividing said wards shall begin on the eastern line of the corporate limits in the middle of Locust Street, thence west to the Southwest Block 49 in the original town of Stockton, thence north to the west side of the Block 48 and 47, thence west at the northwest corner of Block 47 in the original town of Stockton, thence west through the middle of Morgan Drive to the western limits of the City of Stockton, Missouri.
C. North Ward. All that part of the City lying north of the line described in Subsection (B) shall compose the North Ward.
D. South Ward. All that part of the City lying south of the line described in Subsection (B) shall compose the South Ward. (CC 1979 §§30.010─30.040; Ord. No. 288, 9-17-01)