Elections

Overview


The City Recorder and staff coordinate and administer the City’s municipal election activities including receiving filings from candidates for the positions of mayor, councilor and Eugene Water and Electric Board. The Recorder’s Office processes initiative, referendum and recall petitions. The City Recorder prepares elections schedules, files measures for the ballot and certifies the final election results. A Eugene voters’ pamphlet is published for elections with city measures on the ballot and includes information on city measures and candidates. Information concerning the Eugene Water and Electric Board and School District elections also may be included.

General information about election processes is available in Chapter 2 of the Eugene Code. 
 

NOTICE OF BALLOT TITLE

A ballot title for a City of Eugene measure has been received by the Eugene City Recorder:

CAPTION:      
AMENDS CHARTER: ELECTION TO FILL VACANT MAYOR OR COUNCILOR POSITION

QUESTION:
Shall Charter be amended to eliminate an election in the fourth year of a vacated Mayor’s or Councilor’s term?

EXPLANATION:
This measure would amend the Eugene Charter to clarify that no election would be held to fill a vacant Mayor or Councilor position if the election would occur in the fourth year of the vacated position’s term.  If amended, the Charter would allow the person appointed to the vacated position to remain in the position until the next 4-year term began. 

Currently, if a Mayor or City Council seat becomes vacant, the Council appoints someone to temporarily fill the vacancy until an election is held to fill the remainder of the term.  If no candidate for the vacated position receives a majority vote in May, the top two candidates have a runoff in November.  The winning runoff candidate takes office in January and serves out the vacated position’s term.  However, if a runoff election is held in November of the fourth year of the vacated position’s term, the winner of the election never takes office because a new 4-year term starts that January and the person elected to the new 4-year term takes office instead.

No later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017, any elector may petition the Lane County Circuit Court requesting a different ballot title and stating why the ballot title prepared by the City Attorney is unsatisfactory. For more information, please contact the City Recorder at 541-682-5010.

  
  

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