The start of each GunSmoke season will be marked with mayor elections.
The election period will be announced via the Federal Bank and there will be a period of 48hrs for candidates to announce their intention to run for office, this is done by coming to the Federal Bank. If after the announcement period nobody states they are running against the current mayor the existing mayor will automatically retain their seat. These elections can be corrupted through role-play (bribes given, threats made, etc) however votes will be made at the Federal Bank and votes themselves cannot be affected through role-play once made. Votes will be counted by Federal Bank employees and the successful candidates announced.
If a mayor doesn’t meet their activity requirements for a week without the prior acceptance and agreement with GSRP staff an interim mayor must be allocated, this is done by the JotP and sheriff of a town visiting the bank during opening times with their allocated person. This will then be announced in IC Announcements and there will be 48hrs for residents to put themselves forward as mayoral candidates. If no candidates come forward within 48hrs the town will be dissolved. If only one person puts themselves forward there will need to be a vote between that person and the town dissolving. At least half of a town’s residents must vote to avoid dissolution.
While official election season is at the beginning of each season if enough residents of a town are unhappy with their current mayor an election can be called with a majority vote. This means if more than half of a town’s residents register a vote of no confidence in their current mayor an election will be triggered. Once we receive one vote of no confidence there will be an IC announcement that a vote of no confidence has been received and this will trigger a period of one week for other votes to be submitted. After this period the votes will be discarded and it will require a new vote of no confidence to start the process again.
Residents register a vote of no confidence by coming to the Federal Bank, if/when enough votes have been received to trigger an election this will be announced in IC Announcements. There will then be a period of 48hrs for residents to put themselves forward as mayoral candidates. We will only allow 2 votes of no confidence per person, per season.
Votes of no confidence can only be registered by citizens with at least 8hrs of weekly play time in the previous two weeks to registering their vote. The overall count of eligible citizens will be the number considered during the voting, for example if a large town only has 14 citizens that meet the 8hrs weekly play time requirement the 50% of votes required to trigger the election will be 50% of 14, not 50% of the entire number of citizens.
Once we have announced a vote of no confidence has been received this freezes any citizenship changes within the respective town until the end of the process. No citizens may be added or removed from the town/tribe until the process comes to an end. Additionally no tribe permission changes may happen during the process. If for any reason a mayor needs to make any changes to their tribe permission settings during this time they should reach out to a member of staff for permission.
After this time is up if nobody has put themselves forward the town will be dissolved. If there are candidates this will be announced and the voting window opened. Mayors who have votes of no confidence passed against them may nominate themselves to run in the proceeding election but if nobody else nominates themselves to run against the existing mayor the town will be dissolved. Voting will run for another 48hrs and residents will need to come to the bank to vote, this is done by putting your character’s name, town of residence and who you’re voting for on a note and giving it to a banker who will register the vote for you. At the end of the voting window the successful mayor will be announced.
At this time the in-situ mayor must promote the successful candidate to admin within the tribe settings and if they are planning on remaining within the town they must be demoted from a tribe admin position. Please note, nobody may be added or removed from the town’s tribe between the motion of no confidence being announced and the successful mayoral candidate being promoted to tribe admin.
If an in-situ mayor decides to voluntarily retire from their position an election MUST be held, it is not a position that can just be ‘handed down’ to whoever is the mayor’s choice. If a mayor decides they no longer want to hold their position, and there is nobody who is willing to put themselves up for election from the citizenship, that township will be dissolved and the Federal Bank will claim all town assets.
Any towns that end the season without the must have roles of mayor, sheriff and justice of the peace filled will be dissolved.