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Nominations for elective officers of the City shall be made only by petition. Candidates at large shall file a petition signed by registered electors of the City not less in number than two percent (2%) of the number voting in the City at the last preceding general election. Candidates for Ward Councilman shall file a petition signed by registered electors in their respective wards, not less in number than two percent (2%) of the number voting in such ward at the last preceding general election. Each petition shall be accompanied by the written acceptance of the nominee. Each petition shall be circulated by a registered elector of the City. The nomination of each candidate shall be made by a separate petition, but such petition may be circulated in separate parts, which shall be filed, however, as one instrument. No primary election shall be held for the selection of any candidate for any elective office of this City; and no nomination for any such office shall be of any effect unless made as required by this Section 1. The ballot used in the election of officers of the City shall be without party mark or designation. The names of all candidates for any City office shall be placed upon the same ballot and shall be rotated in the manner provided by the Laws of Ohio. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the Laws of Ohio shall govern the nomination and election of the elective officers of the City.
(Amended November 6, 1979.)