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Article 1 General Procedure

Section 3-101 Time of Taking Office and Terms.

Beginning with elections held in 2006, if any candidate for the office of Mayor, Commissioner, or Auditor receives a majority of the votes cast in a primary election for that office, that candidate shall be elected. If no candidate for such an office receives a majority of the votes cast in the primary election, the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast shall be declared nominees and their names shall appear on the general election ballot in that same year. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes in the general election shall be elected.

Except as otherwise provided in this charter, those elected shall take office on the following January 1 and shall hold office for four years. If, at the end of four years, no successor is yet elected and qualified, the incumbent shall continue to hold office until a successor is elected and qualified.

Except as otherwise provided in this charter, the Mayor and Commissioners for positions 1 and 4 shall be elected every fourth year beginning in 2004, and the Auditor and Commissioners for positions 2 and 3 shall be elected every fourth year beginning in 2006. [May 3, 1913, new sec. 41; rev. 1914, sec. 123; 1928 pub., sec. 123; am. Nov. 8, 1932; 1942 recod., sec. 3-101; am. Nov. 6, 1962; May 18, 2004, sec. replaced.]

Section 3-102 Primary Elections.

A nonpartisan primary election shall be held in each even numbered year, or as hereafter provided by the Constitution or general laws of Oregon regulating State partisan primaries, and on the day and month fixed for such State partisan primaries. Such primary election shall be deemed a general election for all matters other than candidacies. [May 3, 1913, new sec. 42; rev. 1914, sec. 124; 1928 pub., sec. 124; am. Nov. 8, 1932; 1942 recod., sec. 3-102; am. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 3-103 General Elections.

A general municipal election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even numbered year. [May 3, 1913, new sec. 43; rev. 1914, sec. 125; 1928 pub., sec. 125; am. Nov. 8, 1932; 1942 recod., sec. 3-103; am. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 3-104 Special Elections.

The Council shall have power to call special elections and shall set up procedure for calling such special elections by ordinance. Thereafter, filing dates for measures to be presented at such special elections shall be changed only by regular ordinance, except for correction of errors or omissions in the general ordinance. [May 3, 1913, new sec. 44; rev. 1914, sec. 126; 1928 pub., sec. 126; am. Nov. 8, 1932; 1942 recod., sec. 3-104; am. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 3-105 Nonpartisan Primaries.

Nomination of Mayor, Auditor and Commissioners, the elective officers under this Charter, shall be nonpartisan and shall be made in conformity with primary methods hereinafter prescribed and provided, subject to the provisions elsewhere contained in this Charter relating to filling of vacancies. The positions of the Commissioners shall be designated as Position No. 1, Position No. 2, Position No. 3, or Position No. 4. Commissioners shall be designated by the same position as the Commissioner whom they have succeeded or will succeed in office. In all proceedings for the nomination of candidates for the office of Commissioner, every petition and individual nomination certificate or declaration for nomination, nominee's acceptance and certificate of election, ballot, or other document used in connection with nominations for Commissioner, shall state the official number of the position as Commissioner, as herein designated, to which such candidate aspires, and his or her name shall appear on the ballot only for such designated position. At all elections each such office of Commissioner to be filled shall be separately designated on the ballot by official position number as herein provided, in addition to other matter required by law to appear thereon. In case no nomination is made at the primary election, nominations may be made at the general election as set forth in this Charter for vacancies occurring at a subsequent date. [May 3, 1913, new sec. 45; rev. 1914, sec. 127; 1928 pub., sec. 127; am. Nov. 8, 1932; am. Nov. 6, 1934; 1942 recod., sec. 3-105; am. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 3-106 Elections Procedures.

The Council shall adopt by ordinance procedures for conducting City elections. [Ch. 1903, sec. 23; rev. 1914, sec. 128; 1928 pub., sec. 128; am. Nov. 8, 1932; 1942 recod., sec. 3-106; am. Nov. 6, 1962; am. May 18, 1994.]