Whichever write-in gets the most vote will get the position. They will have to accept the position first, but that would be all that would have to be done.
The newest alderman in the third ward of Camdenton will ultimately be decided by the choice of a write-in vote. As seen on the sample ballot for the April 2019 election, no candidates has been submitted for the position, leaving only a write-in option available for those voting.
City Clerk of Camdenton Renée Kingston says that this is the first time she has ever been with the city that this has happened. However, the consequence of not having a candidate will be resolved simply. Whichever write-in gets the most vote will get the position. They will have to accept the position first, but that would be all that would have to be done.
In the case of a tie, Kingston says that the law would require a literal coin flip or drawing of straws to determine the new alderman. This would be the solution no matter how many tied candidates they receive.
Kingston says that some members of the ward have shown interest in the position, but no one took the step to officially sign up, leaving the vacancy. At this point, it is too late for any last second candidates to sign up.
Kingston says that if any ward member has a change of heart and would like to be considered for the position, they would have to campaign as a write-in. This would require the candidate to go house to house and ask citizens to write in their name on election day. Whether by sticker or writing, it takes nothing more than to write in the name of that person. The only requirement necessary is citizenship within the ward.
Alderman Osborn, previous position holder in Ward 3, had been serving since April 1999. Kingston says that she believes many community members did not know that the position would soon be opening, leading to the lack of candidates. Any members considering a write-in vote would be campaigning for a two-year term.
If no write-ins are voted in, the Mayor would take over appointment of a new alderman by his selection.