How to File for Office for the Non-Partisan March 2021 Primary Election

Non-Partisan March 2021 Primary Municipal Election Candidate Information

Prospective Candidates Instructions

Filing for the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election opens on Monday, November 23, 2020, at 8:00 A.M. and closes on Monday, January 4, 2021, at 5:00 P.M. As a result of the passage of Proposition D on November 3, the elections for the Offices of Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, and Alderman shall be conducted as non-partisan, top-two runoff elections.

Accordingly, the March 2, 2021, Primary Municipal Election will be conducted as a non-partisan primary and, thus, candidates will no longer file by party. Instead all candidates will file as non-partisan candidates in a manner consistent with Section 2.08.330 of the St. Louis City Code of Ordinances pertaining to provisions for nomination -- non-partisan candidates. Pursuant to Section 2.08.330 of the Code, each non-partisan candidate for the above-listed offices must submit a petition signed by registered voters in St. Louis City equal to at least two percent (2%) of the votes cast at the April 4, 2017, General Municipal Election, either city-wide or by ward.  Templates of petitions for Mayor, Comptroller and Alderman are available on this page for your convenience.

For a candidate for Mayor or Comptroller, the signature requirement will be 1,170 registered voters.  For candidate for Alderman/woman, the signature requirement will vary depending upon the number of voters in each ward who voted for the office of Mayor on April 4, 2017.  The ward-by-ward results of the April 4, 2017, election are available on the Election Board's website.

The filing fee for each candidate is one percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office for which he/she is a candidate and must be paid to the Treasurer of the City of St. Louis.  The candidate should file the receipt from the Treasurer's Office with the Election Board when they file for office.

Consistent with past practice and established Election Board policies, ballot order for first-day filers wil be by lottery.

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