8-16. Board of canvassers.
The canvassing authority of the city shall be a board of canvassers and registration. The city council shall elect a bipartisan canvassing authority of three qualified electors of the city not more than two of whom shall belong to the same political party. The mayor shall nominate the members of said canvassing authority from lists submitted by the respective chairmen of the city political committee which list shall contain the names of five times the number of persons to be elected. If the city council shall refuse to approve the nomination of any person to said canvassing authority, the mayor shall submit to the city council another person named on one of said lists and so on until a person shall be appointed; provided, however, if the chairman of the city committee of a political party entitled to an appointment shall fail or refuse to submit a list as aforesaid, the mayor shall nominate any person known by him to be a member of the political party entitled to said appointment. The members first appointed shall serve for terms of one, two, and three years respectively, and until their successors are qualified and thereafter one member shall be appointed each year for a term of three years