Revisor Home

Title IX SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS

 Chapter 115

previous next Effective - 28 Aug 2005bottom

  115.019.  Voters may petition to establish a board of election commissioners, procedure — form of petition. — 1.  Any group of registered voters from any county of the first classification not having a board of election commissioners may circulate a petition for the formation of a board.

  2.  The petition shall be signed by the number of registered voters in the county equal to at least fifteen percent of the total votes cast in the county for governor at the last gubernatorial election.

  3.  Petitions proposing the formation of a board of election commissioners in any county of the first classification shall be filed with the election authority of the county not later than 5:00 p.m. on the thirteenth Tuesday preceding a general election.

  4.  Each petition for the formation of a board of election commissioners shall consist of sheets of uniform size.  The space for signatures on either side of a petition page shall be no larger than eight and one-half by fourteen inches, and each page shall contain signatures of registered voters from only one county.  Each page of each petition for the formation of a board of election commissioners shall be in substantially the following form:

­

To the Honorable ______, county clerk of ______ County:
We, the undersigned, citizens and registered voters of ______ County, respectfully order that the following question be placed on the official ballot, for acceptance or rejection, at the next general election to be held on the ______ day of ______, ______:
Should a board of election commissioners be established in ______ County to assume responsibility for the registration of voters and the conduct of elections?;
and each for himself or herself says: I have personally signed this petition; I am a registered voter of the state of Missouri and ______ County; my registered voting address and the name of the city, town or village in which I live are correctly written after my name.
CIRCULATOR'S AFFIDAVIT
STATE OF MISSOURI, COUNTY OF ______
I, ______, a resident of the state of Missouri, being first duly sworn, say (print or type names of signers)
REGISTERED
VOTING
NAME (Signature) DATE SIGNED ADDRESS (Street) ZIP CODE CONG DIST. NAME (Printed or
(City, Typed)
Town or
Village)
(Here follow numbered lines for signers)
signed this page of the foregoing petition, and each of them signed his or her name thereto in my presence; I believe that each has stated his or her name, registered voting address and city, town or village correctly, and that each signer is a registered voter of the state of Missouri and ______ County.
__________________
Signature of Affiant
(Person obtaining signatures)
__________________
Address of Affiant
Subscribed and sworn to before me this ____ day of ____, A.D. ____
__________________
Signature of Notary
Notary Public (Seal)
My commission expires ______

­

­­

­

If this form is followed substantially, it shall be sufficient, disregarding clerical and merely technical errors.

  5.  The validity of each petition filed pursuant to provisions of this section shall be determined in the manner provided for new party and independent candidate petitions in sections 115.333, 115.335 and 115.337.

  6.  Upon the filing of a valid petition for the formation of a board of election commissioners or upon a majority vote of the county commission in any county of the first classification with more than eighty-two thousand but fewer than eighty-two thousand one hundred inhabitants, it shall be the duty of the election authority to have the following question placed on the official ballot, in the same manner other questions are placed, at the next general election:

"Should a board of election commissioners be established in ______ County to assume responsibility for the registration of voters and the conduct of elections?"

  7.  The votes for and against the question shall be counted and certified in the same manner as votes on other questions.

  8.  If the question is approved by a majority of the voters at the election, a board of election commissioners shall be appointed as provided in this subchapter and shall have the same rights and responsibilities provided by law for all boards of election commissioners.

  9.  Any person who is a registered voter of a county of the first classification not having a board of election commissioners may sign a petition for the formation of a board in the county.  Any person who signs a name other than the person's own to any petition or knowingly signs the person's name more than once to the same petition or who knows the person is not a registered voter at the time of signing such petition, or any officer or person willfully violating any provision of this section shall be guilty of a class two election offense.

­­--------

(L. 1977 H.B. 101 § 2.010, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1471, et al., A.L. 1997 S.B. 132, A.L. 1999 H.B. 676, A.L. 2005 H.B. 58 merged with H.B. 342 merged with S.B. 210)


---- end of effective   28 Aug 2005 ----

use this link to bookmark section  115.019


In accordance with Section 3.090, the language of statutory sections enacted during a legislative session are updated and available on this website on the effective date of such enacted statutory section. Revisor Home    

Other Information
 Recent Sections Editorials May Be Cited As Tables & Forms Multiple Enact
Repeal & Transfer Definitions

Site changes Contact
Other Links
Oversight Library MO WebMasters
Senate
Missouri Senate
State of Missouri
MO.gov
House
Missouri House

 13