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Candidates for City elective office shall be nominated from the City at large by petitions, blanks for which shall be furnished by the City Clerk. The candidate may use his own petition blank, providing it conforms substantially with State statute. Each such petition shall be signed by not less than fifteen (15) nor more than twenty (20) registered electors of the City. All petitions shall be in substantially the form specified for non-partisan elections by State law, and shall be filed at the Clerk's office before 4:00 p.m., local time, on the Tuesday after the first Monday in September in each odd-numbered year.
Each elector signing shall add his residential address and the date of signature. No elector shall sign petitions for more candidates for any office than the number to be elected to such office, and should he do so, the signatures bearing the most recent date shall be invalidated. When a petition is filed by a person other than the person whose name appears thereon as a candidate, it shall be accepted only when accompanied by the written consent of the candidate.
The City Clerk shall examine petitions filed by or for candidates for office as soon as filed and if in his opinion they are sufficient, he shall endorse the same as "Approved". If he deems them insufficient he shall notify the candidate in what respects they are insufficient and the candidate may file supplementary petitions until the deadline for filing.