Bill Text: MS SB2795 | 2015 | Regular Session | Introduced
Bill Title: Municipal elections; revise procedure when tied.
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)
Status: (Failed) 2015-02-03 - Died In Committee [SB2795 Detail]
2015 Regular Session
To: Municipalities; Elections
By: Senator(s) Smith, Hill
Senate Bill 2795
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 23-15-611, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE A RUNOFF ELECTION FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN WHICH A TIE OCCURS IN THE FIRST GENERAL ELECTION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 23-15-611, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
23-15-611. (1) In
municipal elections, managers of elections shall, immediately upon the closing
of the polls, count the ballots and ascertain the number of votes cast in each
voting precinct for each of the candidates or ballot measures and make a return
thereof to the municipal election commissioners. On the day following the
election, the election commissioners shall canvass the returns so received from
all voting precincts and shall, within five (5) days after such election,
deliver to each person receiving the highest number of votes a certificate of
election. If it shall appear that any two (2) or more of the candidates
receiving the highest number of votes shall have received an equal number of
votes, * * *
then a runoff election shall be held three (3) weeks
after such election and whoever leads in such runoff election shall be entitled
to the office.
(2) (a) Within five (5) days after any election, the municipal election commissioners shall transmit a statement to the Secretary of State certifying the name or names of the person or persons elected thereat, and such person or persons shall be issued commissions by the Governor. The statement shall also include vote totals for each candidate for each office and vote totals for and against ballot measures, if any, including the vote totals for each candidate a ballot measure in each precinct in the municipality.
(b) The statements required by this subsection shall contain a certification, signed and dated by a majority of the municipal election commissioners, which shall read as follows:
"We, the undersigned municipal election commissioners, do hereby certify that this statement contains the official vote for the election reflected therein."
(c) The statements required by this subsection shall be transmitted to the Secretary of State on such forms and by such methods as may be required by rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary of State.
(d) If the statement certifying the names of the persons elected is not transmitted to the Secretary of State as required by this subsection, the Secretary of State may issue a show cause order directing the municipal election commissioners to provide to the Secretary of State written response containing the reasons for their failure to transmit the statement. The municipal election commissioners shall file their response to the show cause order with the Secretary of State within five (5) working days after the issuance of the show cause order. If the statement certifying the names of the persons elected is not transmitted to the Secretary of State within five (5) working days after the issuance of the show cause order, the Secretary of State may petition a court of competent jurisdiction to compel the municipal election commissioners to comply with this subsection. If the statement certifying the names of the persons elected is received by the Secretary of State within five (5) days after the issuance of the show cause order, a response to the show cause order shall not be required.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2015.