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  78.090.  Election, primary — held when — elimination of primary, when. — 1.  Candidates to be voted for at all general municipal elections at which a mayor and councilmen are to be elected under the provisions of sections 78.010 to 78.400 shall be nominated by a primary election, except as provided in this section, and no other names shall be placed upon the general ballot except those selected in the manner herein prescribed.  The primary election for such nomination shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February preceding the municipal election.

  2.  (1)  In lieu of conducting a primary election under this section, any city organized under sections 78.010 to 78.400 may, by order or ordinance, provide for the elimination of the primary election and the conduct of elections for mayor and councilman as provided in this subsection.

  (2)  Any person desiring to become a candidate for mayor or councilman shall file with the city clerk a signed statement of such candidacy, stating whether such person is a resident of the city and a qualified voter of the city, that the person desires to be a candidate for nomination to the office of mayor or councilman to be voted upon at the next municipal election for such office, that the person is eligible for such office, that the person requests to be placed on the ballot, and that such person will serve if elected.  Such statement shall be sworn to or affirmed before the city clerk.

  (3)  Under the requirements of section 115.023, the city clerk shall notify the requisite election authority who shall cause the official ballots to be printed, and the names of the candidates shall appear on the ballots in the order that their statements of candidacy were filed with the city clerk.  Above the names of the candidates shall appear the words "Vote for (number to be elected)".  The ballot shall also include a warning that voting for more than the total number of candidates to be elected to any office invalidates the ballot.


(RSMo 1939 § 7060, A.L. 1978 H.B. 971, A.L. 2013 H.B. 163 merged with S.B. 99)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 6910; 1919 § 8377

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