Code of Alabama - Title 45: Local Laws - Section 45-10A-20 - Election of council members

Section 45-10A-20 - Election of council members.

(a) Any law, whether special, local, or general, or municipal ordinance, to the contrary notwithstanding, pursuant to Civil Action No. 87-T-1174-N, U.S. District Court for the Middle District Northern Division Federal Court Order, the City of Centre in Cherokee County, shall not designate by place number, or by other similar method, seats for city council.

(b) The City Council of the City of Centre, Alabama, shall consist of seven members elected at large, without designated or numbered places. In the election of members of the city council, the seven candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected to the council. There shall be no run-off election and in the event of a tie vote, the winner shall be selected by a majority vote of the newly elected mayor and council.

(c) In the election for members of the city council, each qualified voter is authorized to cast as many as seven votes. Such voter may cast these seven votes naming the seven candidates; or, divided among several or more candidates, or, cumulatively all for one candidate.

(d) The requirement for office, application for candidacy, and the fees therefor shall continue to be set by resolution of the city council. It is expressly provided that all other provisions of law and ordinances relating to elections for city council members shall remain effective and except as herein provided, the office of city councilman and the operation of the governing body of Centre, Alabama, shall continue as otherwise provided by law.

(Act 89-509, p. 1054, §§1-4.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021