Chapter IV - Nominations & Elections
- Sec. 4.01. Primary and General Elections. The Municipal Election Day in the City of West Saint Paul is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even numbered years and municipal officials elected on that date shall take office on the first business day of January next succeeding their election for such term as is provided by law. The municipal primary election day shall be on the day designated by the statutes of the State of Minnesota for Primary Election in each even numbered year. Each City primary election shall be conducted as follows: Any eligible person desirous of having his or her name placed upon the City primary election ballot as a candidate for elective City office shall, within the period of time specified by the statutes of the State of Minnesota relating to municipal elections, file an affidavit in the Office of the City Clerk, stating his or her residence, that he or she is the qualified elector in the City; naming the office for which he or she desires to be a candidate and that he or she has not filed as a candidate for any other office at the same primary election. Upon payment by such candidates of a fee of $20 to the City Clerk, that officer shall place the name of such candidates upon the City primary ballot without any political party designation except that where only 2 persons have filed for any one office, the names of such persons shall not be placed upon said primary ballot, but shall be placed upon the "General Election Ballot" as the nominee for the office named. Only the names of candidates who have filed, as herein provided, shall be printed on the "Primary Election Ballot" and there shall be no political party designation or mark on such ballot indicative of the source of the candidacy or the support of any candidate. There shall be no blank spaces on such ballots for writing in the names of candidates. Votes cast for any candidate whose name has not been duly placed on such ballot shall not be counted.
The results of the City Primary Election shall be canvassed by the Council. The 2 candidates for each elective office who receive the highest number of votes shall be the nominees for the office named and their names shall be certified to the City Clerk who shall place them on the "City General Election Ballot" without partisan designation.
When a vacancy occurs in any nomination made at the "City Primary Election" such vacancy may be filled by petition as provided by law. No candidate defeated at the "City Primary Election" shall be eligible for nomination by petition for the same office in that year.
Except as herein regulated or otherwise provided, the "City Primary Election Law" which so far as practicable, is hereby adopted as a part hereof the same as if specifically set forth herein.
- Sec. 4.02. Officers to be Elected and Terms of Office. At each General City Election a Mayor shall be elected at large for a term of 2 years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies, and 1 Councilperson shall be elected from each Ward for a term of 4 years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies; provided, however, that at the first election held after the adoption of this Charter Amendment, 2 Councilpersons shall be elected from each Ward and each candidate having the highest number of votes in each district shall be elected for a term of 4 years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies, and each candidate having the next highest number of votes in each district shall be elected for a term of 2 years and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies.
- Sec. 4.03. Officers: How Elected. The Mayor shall be elected by and from the body of a electors of said City, and 2 Councilpersons shall be elected by and from the electors of each Ward respectively.
- Sec. 4.04. Official Year. The official year of the City shall begin on the first business day of January.
- Sec. 4.05. Councilperson - Qualifications. Every Councilperson at the time of election shall be, and during his or her term of office shall remain a qualified elector and resident of the Ward by which he or she was elected, and no Councilperson shall, during the term of office for which he or she is elected, hold any other paid City office.
- Sec. 4.06. Notice of Election - By the City Clerk. The City Clerk at least 2 weeks before the holding of any General and Special City Elections shall give public notice of the time and place of holding such election, and the hours during which the polls will be open, by posting a notice in each precinct of every district, containing a list of officers to be elected at such election, and by publication at least once in the official newspaper; provided that failure of the City Clerk to give such notice shall not invalidate an election.
- Sec. 4.07. Canvass of Election. All general laws of the State of Minnesota relating to elections, and preliminaries thereto, shall so far as applicable, apply to and govern all elections under the Charter, and are hereby adopted as a part of this charter the same as if herein specifically enacted.
The Council shall meet and canvass the election returns within 2 weeks after any municipal election, and shall make full declaration of the results as soon as possible, and file a statement thereof with the City Clerk. This statement shall include:
- The total number of good ballots cast;
- The total number of spoiled or defective ballots;
- The vote for each candidate, with an indication of those who were elected;
- A true copy of the ballots used;
- The names of the judges and clerks of election; and
- Such other information as may seem pertinent.
The City Clerk shall forthwith notify all persons elected of their election.
- Sec. 4.08. Special Elections. The Council may by resolution adopted by majority vote of the members elect, order a Special Election by the electors of the City, and provide for holding the same. The procedure at such election shall conform as nearly as possible to that prescribed for other municipal elections. The purpose of such Special Election shall be clearly stated in such resolution, and no other matter shall be submitted thereat.