MS 1957 [Repealed, 1959 c 675 art 13 s 1
205.10 MUNICIPAL SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
Subdivision 1. Questions.
Special elections may be held in a city or town on a question on
which the voters are authorized by law or charter to pass judgment. A special election may be
ordered by the governing body of the municipality on its own motion or, on a question that has
not been submitted to the voters in an election within the previous six months, upon a petition
signed by a number of voters equal to 20 percent of the votes cast at the last municipal general
election. A question is carried only with the majority in its favor required by law or charter. The
election officials for a special election shall be the same as for the most recent municipal general
election unless changed according to law. Otherwise special elections shall be conducted and the
returns made in the manner provided for the municipal general election.
Subd. 2. Vacancies in city offices.
Special elections shall be held in statutory cities to fill
vacancies in elective city offices as provided in section
412.02, subdivision 2a
Subd. 3. Prohibition.
No special election authorized under subdivision 1 may be held
within 40 days after the state general election.
Subd. 4. Vacancies in town offices.
Special elections must be held with the town general
election to fill vacancies in town offices as provided in section
367.03, subdivision 6
Subd. 5. Limit on ballot questions.
The governing body of a city or town may not act
to submit a ballot question at a general or special election and may not accept a petition for
submission of a ballot question at a general or special election unless all election-related deadlines
can be met, including publication deadlines for all required notices. A petition rejected under this
subdivision may be resubmitted at a time when compliance with all election-related deadlines
is possible. Nothing in this subdivision requires the scheduling of a special election for a ballot
History: 1959 c 675 art 6 s 10; 1976 c 2 s 74; 1976 c 44 s 6; 1981 c 29 art 7 s 38; 1981 c
172 s 1; 1983 c 62 s 4; 1993 c 375 art 7 s 7; 1994 c 646 s 8,9; 1997 c 147 s 42; 1999 c 75 s 1;
1999 c 132 s 31,32; 2003 c 75 s 1