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QUALIFICATIONS OF ELECTORS:
(Ord. 182, § 3, passed 2-13-2012)
Section 3.2 The general election laws shall apply to and control all procedures relating to city elections, including qualification of electors, establishment of precincts, verification of petitions, registration of voters, and voting hours. The clerk shall give public notice of each city election in the same manner as is required by law for the giving of public notice of general elections in the state.
Section 3.3 The city shall consist of one voting precinct unless otherwise required by State law. When a greater number of precincts is required, their boundaries shall be defined by ordinance, it shall be the duty of the clerk to advise the council when it is necessary to increase or decrease the number of precincts in order to conform to State law.
Section 3.4 An election commission is hereby created, consisting of the clerk, assessor, and one other member to be appointed by the city manager. The appointed member shall not be an employee, elected or appointed officer of the City; and shall be appointed in January and shall serve for three years. The clerk shall be chairperson. The commission shall have charge of all activities and duties required of it by statute and this charter relating to the conduct of elections in the city. The compensation of election personnel shall be determined in advance by the city council.
Section 3.7 Every person desiring to become a candidate for any elective office under this charter shall file with the city clerk a petition therefor signed by not less than 25 nor more than 50 qualified electors of the city not later than 4:00* p.m. on the Tuesday following the second Monday in September. At least one week before, and not more than three weeks before, the last day for filing nominating petitions, the clerk shall post notice to that effect. Blank petitions in substantially the same form as required by State law, except for references to party, shall be furnished the clerk. The clerk shall immediately determine the sufficiency of each petition filed, and if he finds any petition does not contain the required number of signatures of qualified electors he shall forthwith notify the candidate, who may file an amended petition not later than seven days after the date and hour for filing the original petition.
No nominating petition shall be accepted for filing by the city clerk unless accompanied by a signed acceptance of the nominee.
Withdrawal of a candidate’s name from consideration on the ballot must be made in writing and in conformance with the time allowed by statute.
FORM OF BALLOT:
Section 3.8 (a) The form, printing and number of ballots or the preparation of the voting machines used in any City election shall conform as nearly as may be to the provisions of statute, except that no party designation or emblem shall appear in regard to City offices. In all City elections, the names of qualified candidates or nominees for each office shall be listed under a separate heading. In the event that the City shall have more than one precinct, names of qualified candidates or nominees for each office shall be listed under a separate heading and shall be rotated systematically in a manner prescribed by statute for the rotation of names.
(b) If two or more candidates or nominees for the same office have the same or similar surnames, the Election Commission shall comply with PA 116 of 1954, Section 561; MCLA 168.561; MSA 6.1561; and any amended provisions thereof.
CANVASS OF VOTES: