PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT #11
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 district council members, or when a vacancy exists in the office of vice mayor, district councilmembers, or in the office of councilmembers-at-large, 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, no candidate shall receive a majority of all 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.
In the event of a general election to fill a vacancy in the office of vice mayor, district councilmembers or in the office of councilmembers-at-large, the candidate receiving a plurality of the votes in such general election shall be elected and a runoff election shall not be held.
FOR THE BALLOT
Amendment No. _______
This amendment would provide that a candidate receiving a plurality of the votes in a general election to fill a vacancy in the office of vice mayor, district councilmembers or in the office of councilmembers-at-large shall be elected and that a runoff election shall not be held.
Sponsored by: Adam Dread
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