Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 115
Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections
Section 115.361

August 28, 2014


Filing to be reopened, when--death of incumbent candidate to create vacancy on ballot, when.

115.361. 1. Except as provided in subsections 2 and 3 of this section, if a candidate for nomination to an office in which the candidate is the incumbent or the only candidate dies, withdraws as provided in subsection 1 or 2 of section 115.359, or is disqualified after 5:00 p.m. on the last day in which a person may file as a candidate for nomination, and at or before 5:00 p.m. on the eighth Tuesday prior to any primary election, or if any candidate for the position of political party committeeman or committeewoman dies or withdraws as provided in subsection 1 or 2 of section 115.359, or is disqualified after 5:00 p.m. on the last day in which a person may file as a candidate for nomination, and at or before 5:00 p.m. on the eighth Tuesday prior to any primary election, leaving less candidates for the available committee positions than the number of available committee positions, filing for the office or position shall be reopened for a period of five working days, excluding holidays and weekends, following the death, withdrawal or disqualification during which period new candidates may file declarations of candidacy.

2. If a candidate for nomination to an office in which the candidate is the only candidate dies, withdraws as provided in subsection 1 or 2 of section 115.359, or is disqualified after 5:00 p.m. on the sixth Tuesday prior to the primary election, the election and canvass shall not proceed, and a vacancy shall exist on the general election ballot to be filled in the manner provided in sections 115.363 to 115.377.

3. If a candidate for the position of political party committeeman or committeewoman becomes disqualified after the eighth Tuesday prior to the primary election, the election and canvass shall proceed, and the disqualified candidate's name shall be physically eradicated from the ballot so that no vote may be cast for that candidate.

4. If after filing a declaration of candidacy, a candidate files a statement of withdrawal within two working days prior to the deadline for the close of filing set forth in section 115.349, the time of filing for that office shall be extended until 5:00 p.m. of the first Friday following the deadline for the close of filing set forth in section 115.349.

(L. 1977 H.B. 101 ยง 10.123, A.L. 1979 S.B. 275, A.L. 1993 S.B. 31, A.L. 1995 H.B. 484, et al., A.L. 1997 S.B. 132)


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