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CHAPTER XV
RECALL ELECTIONS
Sec. 1500.  General Conduct of Recall Elections.
Except as provided in this Chapter and Chapter VII, Article D of this Code and in the applicable portions of Charter Sections 430 through 440, Recall Elections shall be conducted and the votes tallied in the same manner as provided for Primary Nominating, General Municipal and Special Elections.
  Sec. 1501.  Ordering of a Recall Election.
When a recall petition is presented to the City Council by the City Clerk, the City Council shall within 20 days, by ordinance, call for the holding of a Special Election, and if necessary a Special Runoff Election, for the purpose of submitting to the voters of the City at large, of the Council District, or of the Board of Education District, as the case may be, the question of whether the officer shall be recalled, and if recalled, for the election of the successor.  The Special Election shall be held not less than 88 days nor more than 125 days after the date of City Council action on the petition; provided, however, that if any other election for any purpose at which all the qualified voters of the City, of the Council District, or of the Board of Education District, as the case may be, are entitled to vote, is to occur during that time period, the City Council shall order the holding of the recall election and the consolidation thereof with the other election.
Sec. 1502.  One Recall Election to Remove More than One Official.
One election is sufficient for the recall of one or more elective officials, but a separate petition is necessary to propose the recall of each official.
Sec. 1503.  Filing of Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate, Statements of Economic Interest and Statements of City Related Business in a Recall Election.
(a)   Except as provided in this Section, the rules governing the filing of the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate, Statements of Economic Interest, and Statements of City Related Business in connection with Primary Nominating Elections shall apply to the nomination of candidates to replace an elective City officer or member of the Board of Education sought to be removed from office by recall. 
(b)   For persons seeking to be candidates to succeed the officer sought to be recalled, the first day to file the Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate and Statement of Economic Interests shall be the day the City Clerk certifies to the sufficiency of the recall petition, and the last day to make those filings shall be established in the ordinance calling the Special Election for the recall.
Sec. 1504.  Circulation and Filing of Nominating Petitions by Replacement Candidates.
(a)   Except as provided in this Section, the rules governing the circulation, filing and examination of nominating petitions, including supplemental petitions, in connection with Primary Nominating Elections shall apply to the nomination of candidates to replace an elective City officer or member of the Board of Education sought to be removed from office by recall. 
(b)   Beginning on the day the City Clerk certifies to the sufficiency of the recall petition, the City Clerk shall make available for circulation nominating petitions to persons seeking to be candidates to succeed the officer sought to be recalled who have filed a Declaration of Intention to Become a Candidate and a Statement of Economic Interests.
(c)   Within one business day after the City Clerk issues the certification of sufficiency of the recall petition, the City Clerk shall also publish in a newspaper of general circulation a notice of the recall petition’s sufficiency; information regarding the candidate filing process; and the availability of the nominating petitions for candidates seeking to succeed the officer sought to be recalled.
(d)   The candidates shall circulate those petitions and shall file them with the City Clerk by the filing date established in the ordinance calling the Special Election for the recall.  In no case shall a filing date be established which is less than 20 days after the date that the City Clerk certifies to the sufficiency of the recall petition.
(e)   The City Clerk shall examine the nominating petitions within 10 days of filing and shall certify whether the petition has been signed by the requisite number of voters.  If the City Clerk certifies that a nominating petition is sufficient, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of sufficiency and the name of the candidate shall be placed on the recall ballot as a candidate to succeed the officer whose recall is sought. 
(f)   If the City Clerk determines that the petition is insufficient, the City Clerk shall issue a certificate of insufficiency. Upon issuance of a certificate of insufficiency, the candidate may circulate and file a supplemental petition as provided for in this Code for nominating petitions, provided however that the supplemental petition shall be filed before the expiration of the time for filing nominating petitions as set forth in the ordinance calling the Special Election for the recall.
Sec. 1505.  Write-In Candidates in Recall Elections.
The rules of this Code governing write-in candidates for Primary Nominating Elections shall apply to write-in candidates in recall elections.
Sec. 1506.  Recall Ballot Arguments.
(a)   The official whose removal is sought may file with the City Clerk an Argument Opposing the Recall.  The proponents who filed the recall petition, or the person or organization on whose behalf the recall petition was filed, may file with the City Clerk an Argument Supporting the Recall.
(b)   The recall arguments described above shall not exceed 300 words each.
(c)   The deadline for submission of the recall arguments described above shall be set by the ordinance calling the Special Election for the recall.  No changes to an argument shall be allowed once it has been filed and officially accepted by the City Clerk.
(d)   Except as provided for in this Section, the provisions of this Code pertaining to ballot measure arguments, including the form of arguments, transmittal of arguments and signatures, certifications to the accuracy of facts contained in the arguments and publication of arguments in election materials, shall apply to recall arguments.
Sec. 1507.  Form of Ballot - Recall Election.
(a)   Except as provided in this Section, the ballot used in a recall election shall conform to the requirements of this Code for Primary Nominating, General Municipal and other Special Elections.
(b)   The following question shall be printed or displayed on ballots or voting equipment pages or screens used at every recall election:
“Shall (name of the officer sought to be recalled) be removed from the office of (title of the office) by the recall?”
(c)   Opposite and to the right of the recall question described in (b) above, the words “Yes” and “No” shall be printed or displayed on separate lines with voting areas provided for each.  If a voter marks or punches in the voting area after the word “Yes,” the vote shall be counted in favor of the recall of the officer, and if a voter marks or punches in the voting area after the word “No,” the vote shall be counted against the recall. 
(d)   If the officer sought to be recalled is an elective City officer or member of the Board of Education, then after each recall question described in (b) above, there shall also be printed or displayed on the ballots, voting equipment pages or screens the names of all persons who have been nominated as candidates to succeed the officer whose removal is sought.  The name of the officer sought to be recalled shall not appear on the ballot as a candidate for the office. 
Sec. 1508.  Majority Vote Required to Recall.
If one-half or more of the votes cast on the recall question described in Section 1507 are “No,” the officer sought to be recalled shall continue in office.  If a majority of the votes cast on the recall question described in Section 1507 are “Yes,” then the officer sought to be recalled shall be removed from office effective on the date the successor qualifies.
Sec. 1509.  Succession in Case of Recall.
(a)   If the vote at a recall election results in the recall of an elective City officer or member of the Board of Education, then the candidate who receives a majority of the votes cast for candidates to succeed the recalled officer shall be declared elected to the office for the remainder of the term.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, then the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be the candidates at a Special Runoff Election, and whichever candidate receives the majority vote at that election shall be elected to succeed the recalled officer.
(b)   An elective City officer or member of the Board of Education who has been removed from office as a result of a recall election shall continue to perform the duties of the office until the City Council has declared the results of the recall election and, if applicable, Special Runoff Election and the candidate declared elected to succeed the recalled officer has qualified.
(c)   If a vacancy in office occurs after the date of the City Clerk’s certification of sufficiency of the recall petition and before the City Council declares the results of the election, whether through resignation of the officer whose recall is sought or from other cause, the recall election shall nevertheless proceed.
Sec. 1510.  Resignation While Recall Proceedings are Pending.
For purposes of Charter Section 434, proceedings for the recall of any elective City officer or member of the Board of Education shall be deemed to be pending from the date of the City Clerk’s certification of the sufficiency of the recall petition.  If the officer resigns at any time after that, the recall election shall be held notwithstanding the resignation.