Presidential Preference Primary March 15, 2016
For the 2016 election cycle, the primary will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The filing period for candidates for the presidential primary from Missouri's established political parties begins at 8:00 a.m. on December 1, 2015 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 29, 2015. (Sections 115.123 and 115.755, RSMo.)
However, primary voters may select only one party's ballot. Voters who do not wish to give a political party preference may request an issues only ballot, if one is available in that particular jurisdiction.
The 4 established parties in Missouri are: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Constitution.
Primary Election August 2, 2016
The 2016 primary will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 (the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in August for even numbered years). The filing period for candidates for the August 2016 primary election is from February 23, 2016 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2016. (Section 115.349, RSMo.) Individuals voting in the primary election may select a party ballot of their choice. (Section 115.121.2, RSMo.)
Voters who do not wish to select a party ballot may request a ballot containing other issues, if their jurisdiction’s ballot contains issues.
The four established parties in Missouri are: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Constitution.
Deadline for submitting petitions for independent candidate nominations for the November 8, 2016 election: 5:00 p.m. August 1, 2016 (Section 115.329.1, RSMo.)
In addition to the independent candidate petition, an independent candidate for U.S. President must submit the following documents.
Deadline for submitting a write-in candidate declaration of intent for the November 8, 2016 election: 5:00 p.m. October 28, 2016 (Section 115.453(4), RSMo.)
A write-in candidate is a person whose name is not printed on the ballot (Section 115.453(4-6), RSMo.) and who has filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2016 (Section 115.453(4), RSMo.) It is not necessary to file a declaration of intent if there are no candidates on the ballot for that office (Section 115.453(4), RSMo.)
A write-in candidate for U.S. President must complete the following:
Establishing a New Party
The deadline for submitting petitions for new parties and candidate nominations for the November 8, 2016 election is 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2016 (Section 115.329.1, RSMo.) Please contact the Elections Division for more information at 573-751-2301 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.