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Attention County candidates
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, members of the public filing for county office will need to use the west entrance of the County Courthouse on Oak Street in Kansas City, which will open at 7:00 a.m., or the main entrance on 12th Street opening at 8:00 a.m.

2012 County Election Information


For More Information...
For more information about registering to vote, election dates, ballot issues, polling locations and election results visit these election board websites:
 Jackson County Election Board
 Kansas City Election Board

Both election boards are separate government entities.
Primary Election - August 7, 2012
General Election - November 6, 2012

FILING OPENS: The opening date to file a declaration of candidacy for the primary election is Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.  (last Tuesday in February prior to the election, RSMo 115.349.2)

FILING DEADLINE: The deadline for filing declaration of candidacy is Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  (last Tuesday in March prior to the election, RSMo 115.349.1)

WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: Any person who has filed a declaration of candidacy for nomination and wishes to withdraw as a candidate shall file a written sworn statement of withdrawal in the County Clerk's Office.

  • Withdrawal deadline for the August 7, 2012 Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22, 2012  at 5:00 p.m.  (11th Tuesday prior to the primary election per 115.359.1 RSMo.)
  • Withdrawal deadline for the November 6, 2012 General Election is Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (11th Tuesday prior to the general election per 115.359.1 RSMo.) 

BALLOT POSITION: The ballot position will be determined by the date and time the candidate files his/her declaration of candidacy.


COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY - The prosecuting attorney shall have been admitted to practice law in the State of Missouri, shall be a qualified voter, and shall have been domiciled in the county for at least three years before assuming office. 

COUNTY SHERIFF - The sheriff shall be a qualified voter and shall have been domiciled in the county for at least three years before assuming his office.  Effective January 1, 1979, he further shall have met, prior to filing for office, the training qualifications required by state law of police officers serving in the first class charter counties.  No person shall be eligible for the office of sheriff who has been convicted of a felony.

Committeemen and Committeewomen - A committeeperson shall be a registered voter and a resident of the county and committee district from which he/she is elected for one year next before his/her election.

FILING FEE:  The filing fee for Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff is $50.00. The filing fee for committeeman or  committeewoman is $25.00.

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE: It is the responsibility of each candidate to file the proper campaign disclosure reports covering the election cycle.  These reports, deadlines and instructional materials are available from each election authority.  For more information, contact the Kansas City Election Board, 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 2800,Kansas City, Missouri  64108 (816) 842-4820 or the Jackson County Election Board, P.O. Box 296, Independence, Missouri 64051 (816) 325-4600.

PERSONAL DISCLOSURE: It is also necessary to file a personal disclosure report with the Missouri Ethics Commission, P. O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO  65102, and the Jackson County Clerk, 415 East 12th Street, 2nd Floor, Kansas City, Missouri  64106. Forms are available on the internet at www.moethics.state.mo.us or by contacting the Ethics Commission at 1-800-392-8660.  This only pertains to candidates filing for County Legislature or County Executive.

Revised 10/11/11 MJS/mth



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