Filing Information for Candidates
August 7, 2012 Primary Election
When and Where to File:
February 28, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
March 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
First day filers will select a number by random drawing to determine placement on the primary ballot. After the first day, candidates will be placed on the ballot in the order of their filing.
Documents Needed for Filing:
- Paid receipt from political party for filing fee
- $200 - Statewide office, U.S. Senator
- $100 - U.S. Representative, Circuit Judge and State Senator
- $50 - State Representative
Political party representatives will be available in the State Information Center on the first day of candidate filing to accept filing fees.
Must File in Person (Exceptions):
Candidates for state offices must file in person with the Secretary of State. However, members of the armed services on active duty or persons who are unable to appear in person because of physical disabilities may file by certified mail. Persons eligible to file by certified mail should contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division for further details at Missouri Secretary of State, Elections Division (573) 751-2301.
Maps of the new congressional districts after redistricting can be found on the Office of Administration website at http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/newcongdistricts.htm
Maps of the new senatorial and legislative districts after redistricting can be found on the Office of Administration website at http://oa.mo.gov/bp/redistricting/new_state_legislative_districts.htm
Offices that file with the Secretary of State in 2012:
- U.S. Senate
- Lt. Governor
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- 8 U.S. Representatives
- 17 State Senators – odd-numbered districts
- 163 State Representatives
- Various judges*
*Some Supreme, Appellate and Circuit Court judges are either on the ballot or could be on the ballot depending on appointment dates.
Offices that file with the local election authority in 2012:
- Associate Circuit Judges
- County Commissioners
- Collector-Treasurer (Township Organization Counties)
- County Treasurer (1st and 2nd Class Counties)
- Public Administrator
- Surveyor (2nd, 3rd and 4th Class Counties)
- Township or Ward Committeeman
- Township or Ward Committeewoman
In addition, any other offices that are vacated due to death, resignation or any cause, and which, under law, are required to be filed at the 2012 general election.
Campaign Finance Reporting or Personal Financial Disclosure:
The Missouri Ethics Commission will have representatives present on the first day of filing to answer questions regarding campaign finance reporting or personal financial disclosure. On other days during the candidate filing period the Missouri Ethics Commission can be reached by calling (800) 392-8660 or (573) 751-2020. http://www.mec.mo.gov
For additional information regarding elections or candidate filing call:
Missouri Secretary of State - Elections Division (573) 751-2301