PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT #3
Section 15.03 of the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County shall be amended by deleting such section in its entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following new Section 15.03:
“Section 15.03. Special elections.
There shall be held a special metropolitan election to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term in the office of mayor whenever such vacancy shall exist more than nine (9) months prior to the date of the next general metropolitan election. The special election shall be ordered by the county commissioners of elections and they shall give notice thereof as provided by Tennessee Code Annotated, section 2-14-105.
When a vacancy exists in the office of vice mayor or district council members, or when a vacancy exists in the office of councilmember-at-large in which the unexpired term is two (2) years or greater, said office shall remain vacant until the next general election at which time such vacancy shall be filled; however, in no event shall a special election be held to fill such vacancy. If in such special election to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of the office of mayor or in the general election at which time a vacancy in the office of vice mayor, district council member or councilmember-at-large, no candidate shall receive a majority of all the votes cast for such office, a runoff election shall be held five (5) weeks subsequent to the first special election to fill a vacancy in accordance with the provisions hereinbefore set forth in the case of a general metropolitan election. The provisions of section 15.01 hereof with respect to voting in general metropolitan elections and with respect to qualifying as a candidate shall apply to special elections and to general elections at which time a vacancy is filled.
When a vacancy exists in the office of councilmember-at-large in which the unexpired term is less that two (2) years, said office shall remain vacant for the duration of the council term.
FOR THE BALLOT
Amendment No. _______
This amendment would require that when vacancies occur in the office of councilmember-at-large in which there is less than two (2) years remaining of the unexpired term, such office shall remain vacant for the duration of the council term.
Sponsored by: Craig Jenkins
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