Nomination petitions and candidate affidavits are available at the Keokuk City Clerk’s office, 415 Blondeau Street.
Offices and terms for the November 7, 2017 election are as follows:
Mayor is two years and the following positions are four years: Councilperson at Large, First Ward, Third Ward, Fifth Ward and Seventh Ward.
The earliest date for filing petitions is Monday, August 28, 2017.
The latest date for filing petitions is Thursday, September 21, 2017 before 5:00 p.m. at the City Clerk’s office.
A candidate must be an eligible elector in the city and city ward (if any) at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.
An eligible elector meets all requirements to register to vote but does not have to be registered to vote. An eligible elector must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a resident of Iowa, and
- Be at least 18 years old.
A candidate for one of the Ward seats must live in the ward they intend to represent.
To be on the City Election ballot, a Mayoral candidate must have a minimum of 31 signatures on the nomination petition (recommend 100); Councilperson at Large must have a minimum of 37 signatures (recommend 75); Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 must have a minimum of 10 signatures (recommend 25). These figures are equal to two percent (2%) of the number of voters who voted for the respective offices in 2013 and 2015 with a minimum number of signatures being 10. It is recommended that candidates obtain more than the required number of signatures. This will help guard against invalid signatures causing a petition to have less than the required minimum.
To sign a candidate’s petition, a person must be eligible to register to vote; although not necessarily registered. A person must be at least 18 years of age and live in the City if the candidate is running for Mayor or At Large. To sign the petition of a ward candidate, a person must live in the ward that the candidate intends to represent.
A person may sign nomination petitions for candidates running for different positions. A person may sign nomination petitions for more than one candidate for the same office, and the signature is not invalid solely because the person signed nomination petitions for one or more other candidates for that office.