Can a person vote to fill his/her own vacancy on a municipal governmental body such as a village board or city council?
No. There are two basic scenarios
presented by this question. The first is where the outgoing member seeks
to vote before he or she has actually vacated the office. The second is
where the member seeks to vote after he/she has actually vacated
In the first scenario, the outgoing
member cannot vote on the vacancy because there is no vacancy to fill.
The outgoing member is still a member of the body at the time of the
In the second scenario, the former
member cannot vote on the vacancy because he or she is no longer a
member of the body. As a non-member, that person has no authority to
cast a vote on any issue as part of the body they no longer belong to.