August 3: Primary elections in Missouri

A number of candidates and issues will be on the ballot for Missouri voters to consider Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Top issues include:

  • Primary elections for several county, state and federal offices, including Congressional and state House seats, the U.S. Senate position formerly held by Sen. Christopher Bond, and state auditor.
  • Missouri Proposition C, which asks voters to consider amending Missouri statutes to “deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services.”

In the Ozarks, the 7th District House race (for the seat held by Rep. Roy Blunt) has drawn the most contenders. As it stands, 11 candidates (2 Democrats, 8 Republicans, and 1 Libertarian) are on the primary ballot.

To help you decide among the candidates, several local organizations have interviewed many of the candidates over the past few weeks:

The Springfield-Greene County Library District also has posted some election information on its Community Matters page.

For a national overview of the battle for the U.S. House, the New York Times has an interactive map of all races.

To find your voting place, check with your county clerk or the Missouri secretary of state’s office. Be sure to have proper photo identification or voter registration with you before you reach the polling place.

Contact information for the clerk’s offices in the Springfield metropolitan area:

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