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==Federal offices==
 
==Federal offices==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
Partisan candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] must pay a $200 filing fee.<ref name="info">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012primary/2012candfiling.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Primary Candidate Filing Information 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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Partisan candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] must pay a $200 filing fee.<ref name="info">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012primary/2012candfiling.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Primary Candidate Filing Information 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
  
Independent candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] must submit a petition signed by at least 10,000 registered [[Missouri]] voters.<ref name="ind"/>
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Independent candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] must submit a petition signed by at least 10,000 registered [[Missouri]] voters.<ref name="ind"/>
  
Write-in candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] must file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.<ref name="write">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012General/2012write_in.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Write In Candidates" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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Write-in candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] must file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.<ref name="write">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012General/2012write_in.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Write In Candidates" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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Partisan candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit their filing fee by '''March 27, 2012.'''<ref name="info"/><ref name="calendar">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/2012cal.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Election Calendar 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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Partisan candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit their filing fee by '''March 27, 2012.'''<ref name="info"/><ref name="calendar">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/2012cal.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Election Calendar 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
  
Independent candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit their petition by '''July 30, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/><ref name="calendar"/>
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Independent candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit their petition by '''July 30, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/><ref name="calendar"/>
  
Write-in candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.<ref name="write">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012General/2012write_in.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Write In Candidates" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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Write-in candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.<ref name="write">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012General/2012write_in.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Write In Candidates" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==State offices==
 
==State offices==

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This page details Missouri signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Partisan candidates for U.S. Senate must pay a $200 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for U.S. Senate must submit a petition signed by at least 10,000 registered Missouri voters.[2]

Write-in candidates for U.S. Senate must file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.[3]

U.S. House

Partisan candidates for U.S. House must pay a $100 filing fee.[1]

Independent candidates for U.S. House must submit a petition signed by at least 10,000 registered Missouri voters.[2]

Write-in candidates for U.S. House must file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.[3]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

Partisan candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House had to submit their filing fee by March 27, 2012.[1][4]

Independent candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House had to submit their petition by July 30, 2012.[2][4]

Write-in candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House had to file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.[3]

State offices

Statewide executive offices

Partisan candidates for statewide offices must pay a filing fee of $200.[1]

Independent candidates for statewide offices must submit a petition with at least 10,000 registered Missouri voters.[2]

Write-in candidates for statewide offices must file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.[3]

State legislature

Partisan candidates for State Senate and State House must pay a $50 filing fee.[1]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

Partisan candidates for State Senate and State House had to pay their filing fee by March 27, 2012.[1][4]

Independent candidates had to submit their petition by July 30, 2012.[2][4]

Write-in candidates had to file a declaration of intent with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.[3]

Ballot measures

Missouri signature requirements for ballot initiatives are among the more complicated in the country.

Current requirements

Boxes of petitions filed at Missouri Secretary of State's office on May 2, 2010 Photo credit:Earl Glynn
See also: Distribution requirement

The signature requirement total is based on the number of votes cast for governor in the state's most recent gubernatorial election. In 2/3 of Missouri's congressional districts, proponents must collect signatures equal to 5% of the gubernatorial vote for initiated statutes and 8% of the gubernatorial vote for constitutional amendments. Thus, the total number of signatures required will be less than 5% (or 8%) of the total votes cast for governor.

Until the next gubernatorial election, the minimum number of signatures required (counting the six lowest voting districts) is 157,788 for amendments and 98,618 for statutes.[5]

Congressional district 2012 gubernatorial vote Rank (among districts) Statute Amendment
1st 345,026 3 17,252 27,603
2nd 404,209 1 20,211 32,337
3rd 351,362 2 17,569 28,109
4th 325,375 4 16,269 26,030
5th 334,068 5 16,704 26,726
6th 338,577 6 16,929 27,087
7th 324,291 7 16,215 25,944
8th 304,975 8 15,249 24,398

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Missouri Constitution, Article III, Section 50 & 53

2010 requirements

Boxes of petitions filed at Missouri Secretary of State's office on May 2, 2010 Photo credit:Earl Glynn
See also: Distribution requirement
Congressional district 2008 gubernatorial vote Rank (among districts) Statute Amendment
1st 301,597 8 15,080 24,128
2nd 382,957 1 19,148 30,637
3rd 312,172 5 15,609 24,974
4th 306,260 7 15,313 24,501
5th 311,686 6 15,585 24,935
6th 330,826 2 16,542 26,467
7th 325,991 4 16,300 26,080
8th 278,604 9 13,931 22,289
9th 328,315 3 16,416 26,266

2008 requirements

Congressional district 2004 gubernatorial vote Rank (among districts) Statute Amendment
1st
289,772
6
14,489
23,182
2nd
359,833
1
17,992
28,787
3rd
297,193
4
14,860
23,775
4th
285,362
7
14,268
22,829
5th
294,086
5
14,704
23,527
6th
322,185
2
16,109
25,775
7th
318,120
3
15,906
25,450
8th
269,539
9
13,477
21,563
9th
284,049
8
14,202
22,724

Deadlines

2012

The deadline to submit signatures for the 2012 ballot in Missouri was May 6, 2012[6].

Other requirements

Missouri has a number of restrictions on the signature-collection process.

  • Circulators must be at least 18.
  • Circulators are required to register with the government, and signatures collected by a circulator who has not done so on or before the petition filing deadline do not count as valid signatures (regardless of signer intent).
  • Each page of an initiative or referendum petition can contain signatures of voters from only one county. Each petition sheet is to contain a county designation in its upper right-hand corner. Signatures of voters from counties other than the designated county do not count as valid.
  • All petition pages must be submitted at one time to the Missouri Secretary of State.
  • When signatures are filed, the initiative sponsor is required to submit paperwork to the government that shows the number of petition pages per county and circulator reports.
  • Signature pages must be in order and numbered sequentially. If they are not, the signatures are discarded.
  • The page number and county in which the petition signers on a given page are registered to vote must be designated in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • The county in which the petition signers are registered to vote must be designated in the paragraph at the top of the petition page which begins with “We, the undersigned…”
  • When petition signatures are filed, petition pages are to be arranged in file folders limited to 100 pages per folder. Folders are be labeled with the contents.
  • "File folders should be placed in cardboard file boxes clearly labeled with the contents."
  • For 2010, "A completed 'Circulator Registration Form' must be filed for each circulator of each petition on or before 5:00 pm on May 2, 2010."

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