Published: May 7, 2020
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Understand which election questions are authorized or required by state law and which are not. Procedures to call and hold special elections. How general election law applies. Form and effect of recall and other resident petitions. Elections to fill a council vacancy. Ballot form requirements.
Use these model documents with the discussion on “City Special Elections”:
- Accepting Councilmember Resignation and Declaring a Vacancy, LMC model resolution (d0c)
- Providing for Special Elections to Fill Council Vacancies, LMC model ordinance (d0c)