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Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Missouri. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Missouri. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates

2014

See also: Missouri elections, 2014

Missouri will have a primary election on August 5, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for candidates running in the primary election is March 25, 2014, and the filing deadline for candidates running in the general election is August 19, 2014. The final date for new party and independent candidates to submit their petitions to the Secretary of State is July 28, 2014.[1]

Deadline Event
March 25, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates running in the primary election
July 28, 2014 Deadline to submit petitions for new parties and independent candidates
August 5, 2014 Primary election date
August 19, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates running in the general election
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of October 2013, there are four recognized political parties in Missouri.[2] Only officially recognized party affiliations can appear on the ballot.[3]

Party Website link By-laws/platform link
Constitution Party http://cpmo.us/ Party platform
Libertarian http://www.lpmo.org/ Party platform
Democratic http://www.missouridems.org/ Party constitution and by-laws
Republican http://www.mogop.org/ Party platform

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies
Figure 1: This is the Candidate Declaration Form for the state of Missouri.

Candidates running for office may require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

  • Secretary of State Elections Division
Why: To submit filing paperwork for statewide executive offices, congressional seats and state legislature seats
Physical Address: 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Mailing Address: James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center, PO Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767
Telephone: (573) 751-2301
Toll Free: (800) NOW-VOTE (669-8683)
Fax: (573) 526-3242
Email: elections@sos.mo.gov
http://www.sos.mo.gov/
  • Missouri Ethics Commission
Why: For questions regarding campaign finance reporting
Physical Address: 3411A Knipp Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
Mailing Address: PO Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: (573) 751-2020
Toll Free: (800) 392-8660
Fax: (573) 526-4506
Email: helpdesk@mec.mo.gov
http://www.mec.mo.gov/

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

The state executive term limits in Missouri are as follows:[4]

The state executives who are term-limited in 2014 are:

See also: Missouri state executive official elections, 2014

There are no state executive offices affected by term limits in 2014.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Members of the Missouri General Assembly may serve no more than eight years total in any one house and no more than 16 years total in both houses.[5]

Term limits were imposed on state legislators by a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1992. This was further amended in 2002.

2014

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2014 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2014

Five state senators will be termed out in 2014--two Democrats and three Republicans. Eight state representatives will be termed out in 2014--two Democrats and six Republicans. They are:

Name Party House District
Scott Rupp Ends.png Republican Senate District 2
Jolie Justus Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 10
Brad Lager Ends.png Republican Senate District 12
Ryan McKenna Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 22
Tom Dempsey Ends.png Republican Senate District 23
Mike Thomson Ends.png Republican House District 1
Jeff Grisamore Ends.png Republican House District 34
Ed Schieffer Electiondot.png Democratic House District 41
Stanley Cox Ends.png Republican House District 52
Rick Stream Ends.png Republican House District 90
Doug Funderburk Ends.png Republican House District 103
Timothy Jones Ends.png Republican House District 110
Steve Hodges Electiondot.png Democratic House District 149

2012

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

Nine state senators were termed out in 2012--two Democrats and seven Republicans. Twenty-five state representatives were termed out in 2012--eight Democrats and 17 Republicans.

2010

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2010 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2010

Ten state senators were termed out in 2010--two Democrats and eight Republicans. Fifty-two state representatives were termed out in 2010--18 Democrats and 34 Republicans.

Congressional partisanship

Portal:Congress
See also: List of United States Representatives from Missouri and List of United States Senators from Missouri

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Missouri:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Missouri
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 2 3
     Republican Party 1 6 7
TOTALS as of March 2015 2 8 10

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Missouri:

Senate

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 9
     Republican Party 25
Total 34

House

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 44
     Republican Party 117
     Independent 1
     Vacancy 1
Total 163

See also

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