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{{Signature VNT}}{{tnr}}This page details '''Missouri signature requirements.''' In many states, the [[Signature requirements|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.
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==Federal offices==
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In many states, the [[Signature requirements|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. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri|candidates]] or [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri|ballot measures]].
===U.S. Senate===
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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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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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''Note: For detailed information on '''signature requirements''' for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri|candidates]] and [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri|ballot measures]], click on the links below.''
  
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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*[[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Missouri]]
 
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*[[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Missouri]]
===U.S. House===
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Partisan candidates for [[U.S. House]] must pay a $100 filing fee.<ref name="info"/>
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Independent candidates for [[U.S. House]] must submit a petition signed by at least 10,000 registered [[Missouri]] voters.<ref name="ind"/>
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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.<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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===Filing deadlines===
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====2012====
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::''See also: [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections]]''
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Partisan candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] must 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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Independent candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] must submit their petition by '''July 30, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/><ref name="calendar"/>
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Write-in candidates for [[U.S. Senate]] and [[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.<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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==State offices==
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===Statewide executive offices===
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Partisan candidates for statewide offices must pay a filing fee of $200.<ref name="info"/>
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Independent candidates for statewide offices must submit a petition with at least 10,000 registered [[Missouri]] voters.<ref name="ind">[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012general/indep_candidate.asp ''Missouri Secretary of State'' "Independent Candidate Information 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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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.<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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===State legislature===
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Partisan candidates for [[Missouri State Senate|State Senate]] and [[Missouri House of Representatives|State House]] must pay a $50 filing fee.<ref name="info"/>
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===Filing deadlines===
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====2012====
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::''See also: [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections]]''
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Partisan candidates for [[Missouri State Senate|State Senate]] and [[Missouri House of Representatives|State House]] must pay their filing fee by '''March 27, 2012.'''<ref name="info"/><ref name="calendar"/>
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Independent candidates must submit their petition by '''July 30, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/><ref name="calendar"/>
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Write-in candidates 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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==Ballot measures==
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Missouri signature requirements for [[ballot initiative]]s are among the more complicated in the country.
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===Current requirements===
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[[File:Petitions-Accepted-at-MO-SOS.JPG|thumb|300px|Boxes of petitions filed at [[Missouri Secretary of State]]'s office on [[Four initiatives aim for the Missouri ballot|May 2, 2010]] Photo credit:Earl Glynn]]
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:: ''See also: [[Distribution requirement]]''
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===2010 requirements===
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[[File:Petitions-Accepted-at-MO-SOS.JPG|thumb|300px|Boxes of petitions filed at [[Missouri Secretary of State]]'s office on [[Four initiatives aim for the Missouri ballot|May 2, 2010]] Photo credit:Earl Glynn]]
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:: ''See also: [[Distribution requirement]]''
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{| class="wikitable" style="background:none"
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|-
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Congressional district
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2008 gubernatorial vote
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Rank (among districts)
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Statute
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Amendment
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|-
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| text align="center"| 1st
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| text align="center"| 301,597
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| text align="center"| 8
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| text align="center"| 15,080
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| text align="center"| 24,128
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|-
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| text align="center"| 2nd
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| text align="center"| 382,957
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| text align="center"| 1
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| text align="center"| 19,148
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| text align="center"| 30,637
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|-
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| text align="center"| 3rd
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| text align="center"| 312,172
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| text align="center"| 5
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| text align="center"| 15,609
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| text align="center"| 24,974
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|-
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| text align="center"| 4th
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| text align="center"| 306,260
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| text align="center"| 7
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| text align="center"| 15,313
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| text align="center"| 24,501
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|-
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| text align="center"| 5th
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| text align="center"| 311,686
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| text align="center"| 6
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| text align="center"| 15,585
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| text align="center"| 24,935
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|-
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| text align="center"| 6th
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| text align="center"| 330,826
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| text align="center"| 2
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| text align="center"| 16,542
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| text align="center"| 26,467
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|-
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| text align="center"| 7th
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| text align="center"| 325,991
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| text align="center"| 4
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| text align="center"| 16,300
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| text align="center"| 26,080
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|-
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| text align="center"| 8th
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| text align="center"| 278,604
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| text align="center"| 9
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| text align="center"| 13,931
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| text align="center"| 22,289
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| text align="center"| 9th
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| text align="center"| 328,315
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| text align="center"| 3
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| text align="center"| 16,416
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| text align="center"| 26,266
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===2008 requirements===
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{|class="wikitable" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" border="1" background-color:white"
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|-
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Congressional district
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | 2004 gubernatorial vote
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Rank (among districts)
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Statute
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! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Amendment
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|-valign="top"
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| text align="center"| 1st || <center>289,772</center> || <center>6</center> || <center>14,489</center> || <center>23,182</center>
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| text align="center"| 2nd || <center>359,833</center> || <center>1</center> || <center>17,992</center> || <center>28,787</center>
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| text align="center"| 3rd || <center>297,193</center> || <center>4</center> || <center>14,860</center> || <center>23,775</center>
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|-valign="top"
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| text align="center"| 4th || <center>285,362</center> || <center>7</center> || <center>14,268</center> || <center>22,829</center>
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| text align="center"| 5th || <center>294,086</center> || <center>5</center> || <center>14,704</center> || <center>23,527</center>
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| text align="center"| 6th || <center>322,185</center> || <center>2</center> || <center>16,109</center> || <center>25,775</center>
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| text align="center"| 7th || <center>318,120</center> || <center>3</center> || <center>15,906</center> || <center>25,450</center>
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| text align="center"| 8th || <center>269,539</center> || <center>9</center> || <center>13,477</center> || <center>21,563</center>
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| text align="center"| 9th || <center>284,049</center> ||<center>8</center> || <center>14,202</center> || <center>22,724</center>
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|}
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==Deadlines==
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==Elections in Missouri by year==
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===2014===
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{{mo on the ballot 2014}}
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
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{{mo on the ballot 2012}}
The deadline to submit signatures for the [[Missouri 2012 ballot measures|2012 ballot]] in [[Missouri]] was May 6, 2012<ref>[Confirmed with MO Secretary of State via telephone on 1-26-2011]</ref>.
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==Other requirements==
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Missouri has a number of restrictions on the signature-collection process.
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* Circulators must be at least 18.
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* 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]]).
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* 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.
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* All petition pages must be submitted at one time to the [[Missouri Secretary of State]].
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* 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.
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* Signature pages must be in order and numbered sequentially.  If they are not, the signatures are discarded.
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* 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.
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* 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…”
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* 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.
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* "File folders should be placed in cardboard file boxes clearly labeled with the contents."
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* 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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==See also==
 
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*[[Missouri elections, 2014]]
* [[Procedures for qualifying an initiative in Missouri]]
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*[[Missouri elections, 2012]]
* [[Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri]]
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{{election info}}
* [[Missouri Initiative and Referendum Law]]
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* [[History of Initiative & Referendum in Missouri]]
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* [[Petition drive deadlines in 2008]]
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* [[States where signature requirements are based on votes cast for governor]]
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==External links==
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* [http://www.citizensincharge.org/states/missouri Missouri signature requirements] collated by the [[Citizens in Charge Foundation]]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/s_default.asp?id=petitions General Missouri I&R information]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/previousElections.asp Missouri election results]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/calendar/2012cal.asp Election Calendar 2012]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/elect_qalification.asp Elected Official Qualifications 2012]
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012General/2012write_in.asp Write in Candidates Qualifications 2012]
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* [http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2012general/indep_candidate.asp Independent Candidate Qualifications 2012]
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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{{Signature requirements}}
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{{Missouri}}
 
{{Missouri}}
  
[[Category:Ballot measure law, Missouri]]
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[[Category:Elections signature requirements]]
[[Category:Signature requirements]]
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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. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for candidates or ballot measures.

Note: For detailed information on signature requirements for candidates and ballot measures, click on the links below.

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