Candidate Filing Period Begins February 27 for Upcoming August Primary

The candidate filing period for the August 7, 2018 Primary Election will begin at 8:00 a.m. on February 27, 2018.  The Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s Office will accept filings in our office located in the County Administration Building (#1 Barton Square, Suite 301, Jackson, MO) for the following county offices:

  • Presiding Commissioner
  • Circuit Clerk
  • County Clerk
  • Recorder of Deeds
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • County Auditor
  • Collector of Revenue
  • Associate Circuit Judge, Division 3
  • Associate Circuit Judge, Division 4

Interested individuals are encouraged to review the candidate qualifications on the Cape Girardeau County Clerk’s website ( Candidates will be asked to show a form of identification and submit a $50 filing fee (cash or check) payable to the County Central Committee for the party in which they are filing.

First day filers will select a number by random drawing to determine placement on the ballot.  After the first day, candidates will be placed on the ballot in the order in which they file.  The filing period ends at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

The August 7, 2018 Primary Election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate from a political party of their choice that they believe should be nominated as the political party’s candidate for elected office.  Successful candidates in the primary will be placed on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot as a candidate for election.

Filing will also take place during the same period for political party central committeepersons.  One committeeman and one committeewoman may be elected from each political party for each precinct, township, or ward district.

For any questions or media inquiries, please contact:

Kara Clark Summers, County Clerk/Election Authority, (573)243-3547 or

Allen Seabaugh, Chief Deputy/Supervisor of Elections, (573)243-3547 or