Missouri elections, 2013
Missouri election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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November 5, 2013
There are several special elections scheduled for the state of Missouri in 2013.
Elections by type
U.S. House of Representatives
The 8th Congressional District of Missouri held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 4, 2013, which Jason T. Smith won. There will be no special primary elections. Instead, the Democratic and Republican Party Committees will choose nominees. Candidates nominated by the political parties have until March 30, 2013 to file their candidacy with the secretary of state. The election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R). Emerson official resigned on January 22, 2013.
- Related: See election information here.
State House District 76
- Chris Carter (D) resigned his seat in the Missouri House of Representatives after he was elected to succeed his uncle on the St. Louis board of aldermen. A special election to fill the vacancy was held on April 2, which Joshua Peters won.
State House District 157
- Don Ruzicka (R) resigned his seat in the Missouri House of Representatives after he was appointed to the Board of Probation and Parole by Gov. Jay Nixon. A special election to fill the vacancy was held on April 2, which Mike Moon won.
- Related: See election results here.
Voting in Missouri
- See also: Voting in Missouri
Important voting information
- Missouri uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
- As of September 2014, Missouri is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Missouri, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
- See also: Early voting
Missouri allows early in-person voting, but only for those who will not be in their home county on the day of the election.
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander appointed an 11-member commission to review the state's election laws with the goal of increasing participation in early voting. The commission proposed removing the restriction on early voting and creating one polling place in each district where residents could vote early up to six weeks before election day.
Additionally, the proposal would require districts with more than 175,000 registered voters to open up additional locations for early voting for a November presidential election. The locations would be required to be open at least four hours a day for a minimum of 14 days prior to the election.
Elections Performance Index
Missouri ranked 17th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Missouri received an overall score of 68%.
- The Hill, "Emerson’s resignation sets off free-for-all in Missouri House race," January 22, 2013
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- Missouri Secretary of State, "Special Election," accessed February 1, 2013
- CBS St. Louis, "Nixon Sets Elections for Vacant Mo. House Seats," January 17, 2013
- sos.mo.gov, "Missouri Secretary of State," accessed April 1, 2013
- wgem.com, "GOPs, Dems hold own in Mo. House elections," April 3, 2013
- KTTS, "Candidates Named In Special House Election," February 6, 2013
- ozarksfirst.com, "Republican Mike Moon Wins Special Election in Lawrence County," April 2, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Missouri Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 19, 2013
- Daily Journal Online, "Mo. panel publishes early voting recommendations," February 28, 2013
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
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