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E L E C T I O N S  2016 2016 is an important election year. Below are deadlines associated with each election: (Bond issue related elections are not listed) March15,  2016 Presidential Preference Primary Each presidential candidate must file a certificate of election with the Secretary of State Filing deadline: December 29, 2015 Last Day to register: February 17, 2016 Last day to file as a write-in candidate: March 4, 2016 Absentee voting opens: February 2, 2016 The candidate that receives a majority of the votes (50%+1) is declared the winner for the state and all Missouri Delegates  attending the national convention will be bound to that candidate. If no candidate wins a majority of votes (50%+1), the winner of each Congressional District will receive three (3) delegates from that district plus two more delegates from the Missouri Republican Party. The candidate receiving the most votes in Missouri overall will receive an additional nine (9) delegates. April 5, 2016 General Municipal Election Municipal officials, i.e. alderman, city councils, mayors, fire districts, school districts and other taxing districts and various County officials in all counties across the state. Filing deadline: December 15, 2015 – January 19, 2016 – exceptions with chartered cities; i.e. jurisdictions in Kansas City. Last Day to register: March 9, 2016 Absentee Voting opens: February 23, 2016 Last day to file as a write-in candidate: March 9, 2016 August 2, 2016 Primary Election We decide all candidates for statewide offices, Missouri Legislative Districts, Missouri Senate Districts, U.S. Congressional Districts, U.S. Senate and all County Officials. We elect all Committemen and Committeewomen in all counties in Missouri. Filing Deadline: February 23, 2016 – March 29, 2016 Last Day to register: July 6, 2016 Absentee Voting opens: June 21, 2016 November 8, 2016 General Election Filing Deadline: July 19, 2016 – August 23, 2016 Last Day to register: October 12, 2016 Absentee Voting opens: July 27, 2016 You can go to the Secretary of State website for more details: http://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections If you need to look up your precinct/polling place go to https://s1.sos.mo.gov/elections/voterlookup/ Or check with your own County/County Clerk website Note: County Clerks are elected every four (4) years in the General Election (November) in off-years (not in a Presidential Year).                ********************************************************************************** And how do we get there - Some additional important information about the elections in 2016. Summer in the Midwest – we celebrate the 4th of July, the great memorial to the founding of this nation with parades, fireworks, great speeches, BBQs  and families. It is a great tradition of this country to remember what the patriots did and accomplished in the late 1700. A new beginning, a divorce from the old country and the old rules and traditions. And while this new beginning is always in the mind of the American people, it seems we have become too settled in our ways of how politics is conducted. As we move past Labor Day we start focusing on the upcoming elections. Traditionally we look to people that tell us what they would do for us, how they would cut or increase taxes, cut or increase spending, watch out for our interests, or not. You all know what we are talking about. We hear the same promises and yet nothing ever changes. Politicians get into office and it is always the same thing. They have to listen to the “special interests” or their “good friends” or “important issues” and nothing ever has anything to do with what they told us during their campaigns.  And our latest batch of the the so-called majority in the Senate and the House announce prior to taking a vote on vital issues important to our country that they will not be able to do this or that, i.e. the Iran Deal or defunding Planned Parenthood. Is this really the representation we want. We should not be satisfied hearing about what they cannot do but how they will fight for what can be done. And we all know the description of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and hoping for different results. We need a paradigm shift in how and who we elect to public office. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if there are candidates that have a different vision, not the usual us vs them but a vision of forward looking and outward looking that looks at problems or issues in a new and enlightened way; to try things that have not been tried before and to help us all  see problems in a new light. Someone that can talk about ways that have not been tried before. Have you heard about the new “sharing” economy and how that will affect people? Is anyone even talking about it or know about it. There’s got to be better ways to manage healthcare affordably without large bureaucracies and still allow people to pick and choose what works for them. The inefficiencies and sheer incompetence in our government – local/state/federal – is breathtaking. And yet… Does anyone talk about a new approach, a different way of doing things, of getting more people drawn in and involved or appeal to people’s better motives and aspirations, ever? Everyone talks about it and referring to various factions of this party and that party – talk, talk, talk. And yet. It seems everyone wants to pursue their own idea and convince the rest of us to see it their way. In the meantime, everyone is going off in their own direction and we do not develop one overriding idea or a strategy that leads us to victory and fight for it. So whatever you do during this campaign season, demand more from the candidates. And get involved. You can vent your frustration on blogs and social media but that does no good when it comes to supporting strong candidates that will stand for your principles. In the next several weeks the Missouri Republican Party will finalize and publish the rules how Delegates to the Missouri State Convention and the Republican National Convention will be elected during the Caucuses in 2016. You might want to check http://www.missouri.gop/blog/category/your-news/ periodically for details. And before you vote understand what the candidates stand for. There is plenty information about the various candidates available on the internet, their websites and Social Media. Go to their meetings and campaign rallys and ask lots of questions. Know as much about the people you will be voting for as possible. The Presidential Preference Primary –  Since the primary election in Missouri is on March 15, 2015, the state of Missouri is to be considered a “Winner-Take-All” state. The candidate that wins 50%+1 vote will be declared the winner and all delegates will be bound to vote for this candidate at the Republican National Convention on the first round of voting. If that candidate does not win the nomination in the first round, the delegates are no longer bound to that candidate and can vote for any other candidate of their choice or whatever the Missouri Republican Party might recommend in additional rounds of voting. If there is no clear winner during the Presidential Preference Primary in Missouri, Delegates will be assigned according to the winner in each Congressional District and will get three (3) delegates, plus two (2) from the Missouri Republican Party. The candidate receiving the most votes overall, will receive an additional nine (9) delegates. Delegates are bound to vote for that candidate at the National Convention unless released by that specific candidate. We encourage you to study the “Splitter Strategy” on www.conservativetreehouse.com and how the Republican establishment plans to defeat outsiders (Republican candidates) and to ensure Jeb Bush wins in all “winner take all” primary states. You might also study these various websites: http://uspolitics.about.com/od/Election-2016/fl/2016-Republican-Primaries-How-Delegates-Will-be-Awarded.htm http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-presidential-primary-schedule-calendar/ http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=map+of+delegates+per+state&view=detailv2&&id=7C0367AC4E0952D6D7B8C 6A702D0E964294274F1&selectedIndex=0&ccid=DIiPfkyO&simid=608021315144189535&thid=JN.oAJa%2bcljlZVC0oc ZK4Q%2fCw&ajaxhist=0 There really is not that much we can do in relationship to other states except may be sign up with some national organization that represent our philosophy – how about our friend Katrina Pierson. But we should certainly be able to drive the process in our own state. April 5, 2016 General Municipal Election The Missouri Precinct Project feels that these elections are one of the most important elections we can all participate in.  This is when we elect the officials and representatives that have the most sway over our daily lives- from the taxes we pay, the officials that run our schools and determine the curriculum that our children are taught, to the people that determine the pension benefits that all of the people that serve us get paid, not to speak of the many ordinances and rules all these people are determining that we all have to live under. We hear nightmare scenarios all the time: a mayor that has the community pay for his car or municipal entities that tell us that we can not park on our lawn or various other rules that these elected officials decide are good for us. We always urge individuals to go to the various meetings run by all these entities and listen and pay attention to what they are doing. And if you do not like it, either run for these positions yourself or find people that could do a better job of representing the people. August 2, 2016 Primary Election In 2016 we decide who the candidate shall be to run in the General Election for most statewide offices; from Governor, Lt.Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and State Treasurer. We will also decide who will run for the offices of Missouri Legislators and some  Missouri Senators and off course our Representatives to the U.S. Congress (8) and U.S. Senate (1). And we elect various county officials from County Commissioners, Sheriff,  Assessor, Collector, Treasurer and various other county posts. It is vitally important for our state that we elect a Republican Governor. As much as our legislative majorities  try, it is imperative that we have a governor that provides leadership and works with the executive and  legislature to direct the important issues for our state. In addition, we elect the people that represent the building block of the Republican Party – the Committeemen and Committeewomen from each Township, Ward or Precinct in each County. These individuals form the base of the party and they in effect will elect chairs/vice chairs for each County (Central Committee), Legislative District, Senate District and State Committee. The State Committee elects the Chair/Vice Chair and National Committeeman/woman to represent the people of the State of Missouri at the National Republican Party. It should be in everyone’s interest to make sure that citizen in every County fill all committee positions that are available to form a viable, well represented Central Committee that has a voice with the State Party. You should talk to your Central Committee Chair/Vice-Chair and find out the number of committee positions available in your county and run for those positions or encourage others to do so. It is important that all of us have a stronger voice on our Central Committees , which will allow us to have influence in the party. ovember 8, 2016 General Election The Republican Nominee for President shall be determined during the Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, OH from July 18 – 21, 2016. All of us need to work hard to ensure that the nominee is chosen by the people and not by the party and we all can play our part leading up to the Presidential Primary in our state. However, it is also vitally important that once a nominee is chosen, we all support that individual during the Presidential campaign and vote for that candidate in the General Election. It is not very useful to complain about the candidate but not get involved in the process at the state level.
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