Franklin County clerk and election authority Debbie Door has announced that she will utilize the “random drawing” process on the first day of candidate filing for county offices to be nominated at the primary election to be held on Aug. 7, 2018.
Approved in 1997, this process will eliminate the need for candidates to “camp out” at the government center days before filing opens in order to be assured of the first spot on the ballot.
Instead, candidates will be placed on the ballot according to the number they draw in the random drawing.
First-day candidates may find out what position they will hold on the ballot at the end of that business day.
This process will only be used on the first day of filing Tuesday, Feb. 27. Candidates filing after the first day will be placed on the ballot in the order they file.
Filings will open for the Aug. 7 primary election Feb. 27 at 8 a.m. and close March 27 at 5 p.m.
Filings taken by the county clerks office for those positions to be nominated at said election are as follows:
• Associate circuit judge – Divisions 5, 6 and 7;
• County municipal judge;
• Presiding commissioner;
• County clerk;
• Clerk of the circuit court;
• Recorder of deeds;
• Prosecuting attorney;
• County auditor;
• Collector of revenue; and
• Township or ward committee positions that will be elected at the election.
Anyone wishing to file as a candidate for election to a public office in Missouri must file a Candidate’s Affidavit of Tax Payments (Form 5120) with the Missouri Department of Revenue in addition to other required documents filed with the secretary of state or local election official.
In the affidavit, candidates must declare they are not delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on their place of residence as stated on the declaration of candidacy, and that they are not a past or present corporate officer of any motor vehicle and driver license office that owes any taxes to the state.
They must complete all information requested on the affidavit, sign the affidavit before a notary, and have the affidavit notarized.
The original affidavit must be filed with the Missouri Department of Revenue.
A copy of the affidavit must be attached to the declaration of candidacy filed with the secretary of state or local election official, if applicable.
Candidates may obscure or remove Social Security numbers from the copy of the affidavit attached to the declaration of candidacy.
Complaints pursuant to Section 115.342, RSMO (Form 5121) against candidates believed to be delinquent on state income taxes, personal property taxes, municipal taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence stated on the declaration of candidacy, or if the person is a past or present corporate officer of any motor vehicle and driver license office that owes any taxes to the state, must be submitted to the Department of Revenue.
Once the complaint is received by the Department, the allegations against a candidate will be investigated. Tax information is confidential, and those filing the complaint will not receive confidential information regarding the candidate.