CORRECTED – Independent Candidate Petitioners May Not Vote In March Party Primary

610d85f975a754f077e921c4c92582d5March 7th is the St. Louis City Primary Election for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen of odd numbered wards, plus a special election for Alderman in 16th Ward, and Proposition S.

It is a political party primary. It is a partisan election. Primary elections have been held in Missouri since 1908. Prior to that, political parties met in conventions to nominate their candidates for federal, state, and local offices in General Elections.

When you vote in the March 7th Primary, you will be asked what political party ballot you want. In this election, you may choose from Democratic Party, Republican Party, Green Party, or Libertarian Party. This election has one local ballot issue, so you may take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote only on a ballot issue.

Candidates for Mayor for all political parties are listed here with their contact information, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts are listed here. If you find an error or have information or a link to fill in a blank, please email us the information.

Independent candidates for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen, must qualify for the April 4th General Election Ballot by submitting signatures of supporters to the Board of Elections.

CORRECTION: We had the wrong deadline date for Independents to file. We said Tuesday, January 17th based on Missouri Secretary of State Elections Calendar. That is the correct date for final day of filing by candidates for School Board and Community College Trustee, but not Independent candidates who must secure signatures to get on the ballot. According to the St. Louis City Board of Election Municipal Election page, the last day for Independents to file is the “eighth Monday prior” to General Election, which would make the filing deadline Monday, February 13th.

On January 25th, the Board of Elections finally got around to posting filing information on Independent candidates.

St. Louis City Charter 2.08.330 regulates the nomination of Independent candidates: “the signers shall declare, in such certificate, that they are bona fide supporters of the candidate sought to be nominated, and have not aided, and will not aid, in the nomination of any other candidate for an elective city office.”

By signing an Independent candidate’s petition, you are nominating a candidate for public office. If you nominate an Independent for the General Election, you cannot help nominate a candidate by voting in the Primary Election, you may only take out a nonpartisan ballot to vote on Proposition S.

Section 115.323 Revised Statutes of Missouri also prohibits a voter from nominating more than one person for an office.

Political parties and Independent candidates may obtain Credentials for Challengers at each polling place. Signature on a nominating petition for an Independent candidate may be used to challenge the right to cast a ballot in the Primary Election.

St. Louis City Board of Elections Election Day Challengers and Watchers Policy

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Nominating petitions are public records.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, with apologies for confusion regarding the filing date for Independent candidates.

2016 Primary Candidate & Ballot Issue Forums

Tentative Dates for 7th Ward Independent Democrats sponsored Primary Forums:

Monday, April 18th
St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Candidates
St. Louis City Sheriff Candidates
Ballot Issues

Monday, May 16th
1st US House District
78th Missouri House District
79th Missouri House District
Ballot Issues

Monday, June 20th
Governor
Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Attorney General
State Treasurer

Filing opens February 23rd and Closes March 29th. Additional information on filing.

We’re checking to see if Lafayette Park United Methodist Church Hall is available for the Forums.

Candidates will be required to submit completed candidate surveys in advance of participation. Some Survey questions will be used in the Forum. Our past Candidate Surveys and Responses are posted Here. If you’d like to suggest a question for one of the 2016 Surveys, please submit to ward7stl@aol.com.

Surrogates will only be permitted for statewide candidates and 1st US House District candidates.