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48-802. Election procedures; qualifications
A. All elections held pursuant to this article shall conform to the requirements of this section.
B. Except as otherwise provided in this article, the manner of conducting and voting at an election, contesting an election, keeping poll lists, canvassing votes and certifying returns shall be the same, as nearly as practicable, as in elections for county officers. After consultation with the officer in charge of elections, a fire district may divide itself into precincts. To the extent practicable, the precincts shall be equal or as nearly equal in population and shall conform to the boundaries of precincts adopted by the board of supervisors of the county. The fire district shall thereafter conduct its elections using those precincts.
C. No person may vote at the election other than a qualified elector of this state who has registered to vote at least twenty-nine days before the election as a resident within the district boundaries, proposed district boundaries created by the merger of fire districts or the proposed district boundaries created by a consolidated district. A person offering to vote at a fire district election for which no fire district register has been supplied shall sign an affidavit stating the person's address and the fire district in which the person resides and swearing the person is qualified to vote and has not voted at the fire district election being held. A person offering to vote at a fire district election for which a fire district register has been supplied shall proceed as required for voting at any election at which precinct registers are used.
D. In elections for district board members:
1. The person or persons within the district or precinct, as applicable, receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.
2. Candidates must be, and during incumbency must remain, qualified electors of the fire district and, except for a district formed pursuant to article 3 of this chapter, must be a resident of the district for at least one year immediately preceding the date of the election. In a fire district that is divided into precincts as prescribed by subsection B of this section, candidates shall be qualified electors of the precinct in which they are candidates and during incumbency must remain qualified electors of that precinct. Except for a district formed pursuant to article 3 of this chapter, a person is not eligible to be a candidate for election to the fire district board if that person is related by affinity or consanguinity within the third degree to a person who serves on the board during the potential candidate's term of office. Any person who violates this paragraph is not eligible to serve on the board.
3. Elections, other than special elections to fill a vacancy or elections to merge or dissolve fire districts, shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the first even numbered year following the year the district is declared organized by the board of supervisors and every two years thereafter on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
4. Except for an election to reorganize a fire district, nominating petitions shall be filed with the board of supervisors as prescribed by title 16, chapter 3. If only one person files or no person files a nominating petition for an election to fill a position on the district board for which the term of office is to expire, the board of supervisors may cancel the election for that position and appoint the person who filed the nominating petition to fill the position. If no person files a nominating petition for an election to fill a district office, the board of supervisors may cancel the election for those offices and those offices are deemed vacant and shall be filled as otherwise provided by law. A person who is appointed pursuant to this paragraph is fully vested with the powers and duties of the office as if elected to that office.
5. Except for a district organized pursuant to article 3 of this chapter, for an election to reorganize a fire district, any person seeking election to the governing body that would be formed or expanded if the reorganization is approved shall comply with the nomination requirements for a candidate as prescribed by title 16, chapter 3, including filing a nomination paper and nomination petition to appear as a candidate on the reorganization election ballot.
6. The names of all nominated persons for office within the district or precinct, as applicable, shall appear on the ballot without partisan designation.
E. In an election to reorganize, notice of the appropriate order of the board of supervisors or governing body of the district shall be given as prescribed by title 16, chapter 2.
F. In an election to merge fire districts, notice of the appropriate order of the board of supervisors shall be given as prescribed by title 16, chapter 2. In addition, notice of the election with an accurate map of the territory proposed to be merged shall be sent by first class mail to each owner of property that would be subject to taxation by the merged district at least sixty days before the election. An order to hold an election shall be issued not more than thirty days after the receipt of the resolution to merge fire districts pursuant to section 48-820.
G. In an election to consolidate fire districts, notice of the appropriate order of the board of supervisors shall be given as prescribed by title 16, chapter 2. In addition, notice of the election with an accurate map of the territory proposed to be consolidated shall be sent by first class mail to each owner of property that would be subject to taxation by the consolidated district at least sixty days before the election. An order to hold an election shall be issued not more than thirty days after the receipt of the resolution to consolidate fire districts pursuant to section 48-822.