MISSOURI -- Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt announced last week his office began accepting candidate filings for the Presidential Preference Primary Oct. 21 starting at 8 a.m.
Blunt said balloting on Feb. 3, 2004, will offer two crucial benefits for Missouri: First, the people will have a vital opportunity to shape national policies by voting for the presidential candidate they support; second, because of the early date set by the new Missouri law, the state's decision can carry national significance.
When filings began Oct. 21, candidates or their representatives were able to file their declarations in Jefferson City. The candidate filings will end at 5 p.m. Nov. 18.
The upcoming presidential ballot will be Missouri's third such election, but the first with an early date and an opportunity to be prominent nationally.
Missouri will share the Feb. 3 date with four other states: Oklahoma, Arizona, South Carolina and Delaware.