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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1957 NO. 3 >

If a city is divided into several wards and the councilmen are elected only by their wards, a primary election is necessary in wards where two or less candidates have filed for a council seat if even a single office has more than two persons filed for it.  That portion of a 1st class city charter is void which provides that under certain circumstances a candidate may be elected to an office at a primary election.  However, a 1st class city charter may provide that a candidate receiving a majority of the primary votes for an office shall alone appear on the general ballot.