CHAPTER VI. ELECTIONSCHAPTER VI. ELECTIONS\ARTICLE 1. GOVERNING BODY

The election of city officials shall be conducted in all respects as provided by the laws of Kansas governing the holding of city elections.

(K.S.A. 25-2101 et seq.; Code 1988)

At all city elections the polls shall be open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m., unless different hours are set and publicly announced by the county election officer.

(K.S.A. 25-2111; K.S.A. 26-206; Code 1988)

The governing body shall consist of a mayor and five council members to be elected to terms as set forth herein. The mayor and council members shall be residents and qualified electors of the City of Kiowa, Kansas, at the time of taking office.

(C.O. No. 178; C.O. No. 15; C.O. No. 16; Ord. 425)

Those governing body positions with terms expiring in April 2017, shall expire on the first Monday after the fifth day in January of 2018, when the city officials elected in the November 2017 general election take office. Those governing body positions with terms expiring in April 2019, shall expire on the first Monday after the fifth day in January of 2020, when the city officials elected in the November 2019 general election take office.

(C.O. No. 178; C.O. No. 15; C.O. No. 16; Ord. 425)

General elections shall take place on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November 2017. Succeeding elections will be held every two years for all such governing body positions whose terms have expired. A mayor and two council members shall be elected at one election, and the remaining three council members shall be elected at the succeeding election. The mayor and all council members shall have four year terms or until the successors to such offices are qualified, provided however, that no person shall hold the office of mayor or city councilmen for more than two consecutive terms.

(C.O. No. 16; Ord. 425)

Whenever a tie shall occur in the vote of any of the aforesaid officers, the results shall be decided by lot by the board of canvassers. The city clerk shall, within seven days after the canvass of the returns and determination by the board of canvassers of the persons elected, deliver to each such person a certificate of election, signed by him with the Seal of the City and such certificate shall constitute notice of election. The terms of the officers shall begin at the first regular meeting of the council in January following their election in November and they shall qualify at any time before or at the beginning of said meeting. If any person elected to the office of councilman does not qualify within the required time, he shall be deemed to have refused to accept the office and a vacancy shall exist and, thereupon, the mayor, shall with the consent of a majority of the remaining councilmen, appoint a suitable elector of the city to fill the vacancy for the term to which the refusing person was elected.

(C.O. No. 16; Ord. 425)

In accordance with K.S.A. 25-205, and amendments thereto, any person may become a candidate for city office elected at large by having had filed on their behalf a nomination petition or a declaration of candidacy as provided by the Barber County Election Officer, accompanied by any fee required by law. In the case of nomination by petition the nomination petition must be signed by fifty (50) of the qualified electors of the City of Kiowa.

(C.O. No. 16; Ord. 425)