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On June 15, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed House Bill 271 into law that, in part, amends RSMo. 115.127, which changes the dates for candidate filing in local county elections.

In order to comply with the changes made at the state level, local municipalities must adopt the amendment. As such, the amendment was unanimously approved at the Aug. 18 Ellisville City Council meeting held via video conference.

The language states:

A. All persons desiring to become candidates for any of the municipal offices of the City shall file in person a written application specifying the office sought. Such application shall be filed with the City Clerk, or in the absence of the City Clerk, the City Manager, at the City Hall no earlier than 8:00 A.M. on the seventeenth (17th) Tuesday prior to the date of the election and no later than 5:00 P.M. on the fourteenth (14th) Tuesday prior to the date of the election. When any candidate shall file, the City Clerk or City Manager shall accurately note the date, hour and minutes of such filing.

B. The place of filing shall only be applicable on the seventeenth (17th) Tuesday prior to the date of the election. Thereafter, the filing of applications need not be at City Hall. When any candidate shall file, the City Clerk or City Manager shall accurately note the date, hour and minute of such filing.

In a memo dated July 6, the Saint Louis County Board of Elections further explained:

“In essence, candidate filing will open one week earlier and close three weeks earlier than previous elections. For example: for the April 5, 2022, General Municipal election, candidate filing will open on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. and close on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. This new law does not change the certification deadline, which remains ‘not later than 5:00 p.m. on the tenth Tuesday prior’ (115.125).”