(a) If in a nonpartisan municipal election, when the filing period expires, candidates
have not filed for all offices to be filled, the board of elections may extend the
filing period for five days.
(b) If at the time the filing period closes only two persons have filed notice of
candidacy for election to a single office or only as many persons have filed notices
of candidacy for group offices as there are offices to be filled, and thereafter one
of the candidates dies before the election and before the ballots are printed, the
board of elections shall, upon notification of the death, immediately reopen the filing
period for an additional five days during which time additional candidates shall be
permitted to file for election. If the ballots have been printed at the time the board of elections receives notice
of the candidate's death, the board shall determine whether there will be sufficient
time to reprint them before the election if the filing period is reopened for three
days. If the board determines that there will be sufficient time to reprint the ballots,
it shall reopen the filing period for three days to allow other candidates to file
(c) If the ballots have been printed at the time the board of elections receives notice
of a candidate's death, and if the board determines that there is not enough time
to reprint the ballots before the election if the filing period is reopened for three
days, then, regardless of the number of candidates remaining for the office, the ballots
shall not be reprinted and the name of the deceased candidate shall remain on the
ballots. If a deceased candidate should poll the highest number of votes in the election,
even though short of a majority the board of elections shall declare the office vacant
and it shall be filled in the manner provided by law. If no candidate in an election receives a majority of the votes cast and the second
highest vote is cast for a deceased candidate, no runoff election shall be held, but
the board of elections shall declare the candidate receiving the highest vote to be
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