Merriam tables action on new election cycle, wants primary to reduce candidates to two


The Merriam City Council once again this week postponed action on ordinances that would bring the municipal election cycle into compliance with state law.

The only outstanding issue, apparently, is a change that would have the city’s primary election reduce the number of candidates to two rather than three if three or more candidates are running. City staff wants time to research that a deviation on the primary procedure will be acceptable.

The ordinances otherwise set elections to the odd-year cycle and to August and November for the primary and general elections. Most cities have passed ordinances to comply with the new state requirements that were passed last year. The move lengthens the terms of current council members.

Action on the set of ordinances was tabled until July.