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While the sweltering heat reminds us of the height of summer, it also means that August is approaching, and with it the Missouri primary. This year, the primary will be held on August 6 and will feature a neck-and-neck race for governor as Governor Mike Parson finishes out his term, as well as other hotly contested statewide elections.

In Missouri, the number of candidates is reduced in the primary election to determine who will run as each party’s nominee in the general election in November.

Important dates for the Missouri primary elections

Postal voting has begun 25th June and lasts until election day.

10th of July is the last day for voter registration.

July 23 is the point in time at which postal voting begins without giving reasons.

24th July is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail. Requirements for receiving an absentee ballot can be found on the Missouri Secretary of State’s website. Absentee ballots must be dropped off, notarized, returned, and received at the local election official’s office before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

5th of August is the last day for postal voting.

6th of August is Election Day. Remember to bring a valid ID. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you are in line at 7 p.m. when the polls close, you will still be allowed to vote if you stay in line.

Who is on the ballot?

Here are the candidates seeking to represent Missouri in federal office:

  • US Senator: Josh Hawley (R), Karla May (D), December L. Harmon (D), Lucas Kunce (D), Mita Biswas (D) and WC Young (L)
  • 7th District of the U.S. House of Representatives: Camille Lombardi-Olive (R), Audrey Richards (R), Eric Burlison (R), John Adair (R), Missi Hesketh (D) and Kevin Craig (L)
  • 4th District of the U.S. House of Representatives: Mark Alford (R), Jeanette Cass (D), Mike McCafree (D) and Thomas Holbrook (L)

Here are the Republican candidates running in statewide elections:

  • governor: Darrell Leon McClanahan III, Jeremy Gundel, Bill Eigel, Robert James Olson, Jay Ashcroft, Mike Kehoe, Chris Wright, Darren L. Grant, Amber Thomsen
  • Deputy Governor: Holly Rehder, Dave Wasinger, Lincoln Hough, Paul Berry III, Tim Baker, Matthew E. Porter
  • Foreign Minister: Valentina Gomez, Shane Schoeller, Denny Hoskins, Adam J. Schwadron, Jamie Corley, Dean Plocher, Mary Elizabeth Coleman, Mike Carter
  • State Treasurer: Cody Smith, Andrew Koenig, Lori Rook, Vivek Malek, Tina Goodrick, Karan Pujji
  • Attorney General: Will Scharf and Andrew Bailey

Here are the Democratic candidates running in statewide elections:

  • governor: Eric Morrison, Crystal Quade, Sheryl Gladney, Hollis, L. Laster, Mike Hamra
  • Deputy Governor: Richard Brown and Anastasia Syes
  • Foreign Minister: Monique Williams, Barbara Phifer, Haley Jacobson
  • State Treasurer: Mark Osmack
  • Attorney General: Elad Jonathan Gross

Here are the Libertarian candidates running nationwide:

  • governor: Bill Slantz
  • Deputy Governor: Ken Iverson
  • Foreign Minister: Carl Herman Freese
  • State Treasurer: John A. Hartwig, Jr.
  • Attorney General: Ryan L. Munro

Maps of the districts are available on the Secretary of State’s website, where you can see which district you live in and which issues will appear on your ballot. The following candidates are running for seats in the state’s House of Representatives. Because most of these districts have only one candidate per party in the primary, these primaries are unopposed, and the opposing parties’ candidates face off in the general election in November.

  • District 44: Bryce Beal (R), John Martin (R) and Dave Raithel (D)
  • District 45: Kaithy Steinhoff (D)
  • District 46: David Tyson Smith (D)
  • District 47: John Potter (R) and Adrian Plank (D)
  • District 50: Joshua Ray Blakeman (R), Jeffrey Kyle Basinger (D) and Gregg Bush (D)

The following candidates are running for seats in the state Senate:

  • District 19: James Coyne (R) and Stephen Webber (D)

In most Boone County primaries there are no opposing candidates. Only one contest has two candidates.

  • Sheriff of Boone County: Dwayne Carey (Germany) and Charles Blair (Germany)

Voters in Columbia will also vote on Proposition 1, which states: Shall the Town of Columbia, Missouri impose a sales tax of one-quarter of one percent for a period of ten (10) years to fund capital improvements, including potentially the repayment of debt on previously approved bonds?* This sales tax would continue the existing sales tax on capital improvements, which expires on December 31, 2025. The Town intends to use this sales tax to improve municipal streets and sidewalks, construct, maintain and equip police and fire facilities, and replace major capital assets (fire trucks and other equipment). *This language is required by law. The Town does not intend to use sales tax funds to repay debt on previously approved bonds.

How do I find my polling station?

Voters can check their registration and find their polling place on the Secretary of State’s website.

Do I have to be registered with a party to participate in this ballot?

No, the caucus rules that were used in the presidential primary earlier this year do not apply. Voters can choose which primary ballot they want to draw in the election.

What statewide ballot measures will be on the ballot in August?

Amendment 1, tax exemption for child care: This ballot proposal asks voters whether the state should exempt facilities that provide child care outside of the child’s home from property taxes. A “yes” would exempt property taxes, while a “no” would mean child care facilities would still be assessed and must pay property taxes.

Amendment 4, Kansas City Police Spending: The ballot will also include a question about Kansas City’s spending on its police department. Kansas City is the only city in the state whose police department is not controlled by local governments, but by a board of police chiefs appointed by the governor.

The ballot proposal asks voters whether to require Kansas City to increase the police department’s minimum funding from 20% of general revenue to 25%, an increase of about $38.7 million. The ballot language notes that the city previously provided the 25% funding level voluntarily.

This issue was already on the agenda in 2022 and received voter support, but the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new election on the issue after the mayor of Kansas City challenged language on the ballot that stated that “state and local government entities do not anticipate any additional costs or savings associated with this proposal.”

Marta Mieze covers local politics for the News-Leader. Do you have feedback, tips or story ideas? Contact her at [email protected].