BENTON - Candidates for countywide offices don't have to worry about when they file on the first day, a lottery will be used to determined where a candidate's name is listed on the ballot.
A "random drawing" procedure for those persons filing a declaration of candidacy on the first day of filing will be utilized, said Scott County Clerk Rita Milam.
"The random drawing procedure has been used for the past primary elections and worked very well," Milam said.
Candidates filing on the first day with the county clerk's office will draw a number to determine the order their names will appear on the Aug. 8 primary ballot. After the first day of filing, candidates will be placed on the ballot in the order they file.
On the first day of filing, candidates will draw from a container with 100 numbers and the number drawn will be the candidates' assigned number. At the end of the first day, if there are multiple candidates filing for an office under the same party, the names of the candidates will be listed in ascending order of the numbers drawn by the candidates. Numbers drawn by the candidates will not be released until the end of the day and candidates will be permitted to draw just one time.
The same procedure is utilized in Mississippi and New Madrid counties as well.
Mississippi County Clerk Junior Delay said this procedure prevents problems. "We always had controversy when candidates had to stand in line," he said. "We have used the lottery for the past two or three elections and it has worked fine."
In the past New Madrid County candidates would sometimes "camp out" in order to be the first in line, thus the first listed on the ballot for an office, recalled New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens. The random drawing eliminates the "camp outs," he noted.
Candidates may begin filing for county offices at 8 a.m. Feb. 28 in the county clerk's office in their respective county. Filing continues until 5 p.m. March 28.
Those Scott County offices up for election this year are: presiding commissioner, county clerk, recorder, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, collector, circuit clerk, associate circuit judge Division 4, associate circuit judge Division 5.
Mississippi County offices which will be decided this year include: presiding commissioner, circuit clerk, county clerk, recorder of deeds, treasurer, prosecuting attorney, collector and associate circuit judge.
Offices to be filled in New Madrid County include associate circuit judge, presiding commissioner, circuit clerk, county clerk, recorder of deeds, prosecuting attorney, county auditor and collector of revenue.
Also in each county the committeemen and committeewomen from each political party will file at this same time.
Candidates for countywide offices must pay a $50 filing fee to the political party committee under which political party they are seeking nomination. They need to bring the receipt with them or they can pay at the time they are filing for office and the County Clerk's office will forward the fee to the correct political party.
Anyone with questions, can contact the Scott County Clerk's office at 573
-545-3549. The phone number for the Mississippi County Clerk's office is 573-683-2146, ext. 221, and in New Madrid County the number is 573