Candidate Information

Candidate Filing Information for County Offices
August 4, 2020 Primary Election

When to File:
Filing begins on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Filing ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Where to File:
Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office
County Administration Building
1 Barton Square, Suite 301
Jackson, MO 63755

Filing will take place for the following County Offices:
Associate Commissioner, 1st District
Associate Commissioner, 2nd District
Sheriff
Assessor
County Treasurer
Public Administrator
Coroner

Candidate Qualifications

Ballot Placement: 
First day filers will select a number by random drawing to determine placement on the primary ballot.  After the first day, candidates are placed on the ballot in the order of their filing.

How to File:
To appear as a candidate for nomination on the primary ballot, candidates must do the following at the County Clerk’s office during the filing period:

  1. Show identification;
  2. Submit a $50.00 filing fee (cash or check) payable to the County Committee for the Political Party in which they are filing;
  3. File a Declaration of Candidacy;
  4. Complete the Form 5120 Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payments for the Department of Revenue; and
  5. Complete the Notice to Candidate Personal Financial Disclosure for the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Independent Candidates:
Individuals interested in filing as an independent candidate for Cape Girardeau County Elected Offices must do so by filing a petition with the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on July 27, 2020.  The petition shall be signed by the number of registered voters in the district or county which is equal to at least two percent of the total number of voters who voted at the last election for candidates for the office being sought or is equal to ten thousand voters, whichever is less. The name of each person who files a valid petition for nomination as an independent candidate will be placed on the ballot at the November 3, 2020 General Election as an independent candidate.

Candidate Filing Information for Precinct, Township, or Ward
Committeemen and Committeewomen

August 4, 2020 Primary Election

When to File:
Filing begins on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Filing ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Where to File:
Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office
County Administration Building
1 Barton Square, Suite 301
Jackson, MO 63755

Candidate Qualifications and Precinct, Township, and Ward District Listing

Ballot Placement: 
First day filers will select a number by random drawing to determine placement on the primary ballot.  After the first day, candidates are placed on the ballot in the order of their filing.  A candidate will only appear on the ballot if another candidate files for the same precinct, ward, or township in the same political party.  One committeeman and one committeewoman may be elected from each political party for each precinct, township, or ward district.

How to File:
To appear as a candidate for nomination on the primary ballot, candidates must do the following at the County Clerk’s office during the filing period:

  1. Show identification;
  2. File a Declaration of Candidacy; and
  3. Complete the Notice to Candidate Personal Financial Disclosure for the Missouri Ethics Commission.