The Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (try saying that five times fast) will take place March 15 for both Republicans and Democrats.
It’s being called the second Super Tuesday: voters in five states, including Missouri, will head to the polls to decide who they would like to represent their political party.
— Terra Hall (@TerraHall) March 15, 2016
Traditionally, Missouri’s primary has lacked significance since it is one of the smallest available prizes for the candidates. However, this year, the presidential primaries for both Democrats and Republicans are still up in the air. Tuesday’s primary will be important as candidates inch closer to getting the numbers necessary to win their respective party’s nomination.
Here’s what you need to know:
When can I vote?
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
All registered voters will be able to participate in Tuesday’s election because Missouri is an open primary state. This means voters will be able to pick a ballot for one party—options include Democrat, Libertarian or Republican.
Where can I vote?
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Do I have to vote for the party I'm registered in?
Nope! Missouri is an open primary, meaning you are not bound to vote according to the party you've registered under. However, you may only vote in one: you cannot cast a ballot for both a Republican and a Democratic candidate.
Missouri will send 84 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Thirteen will be superdelegates, who are officials or party leaders that can vote for anyone. Seventy-one delegates will be apportioned based on Tuesday’s primary results.
Missouri will send 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. If a candidate receives a majority of the votes, that candidate will get all 52 delegates. If not, the candidate who earns the most votes will be awarded 12 delegates. The remaining delegates will be apportioned based on congressional districts.
How does my vote decide who gets delegates?
This depends on the party. If a Republican candidate gets more than half the votes, that candidate is automatically awarded all of the state's Republican delegates in a winner-take-all arrangement. If not, the delegates are doled out the same for Republicans and Democrats: the victor in each district will receive a few for that district, and the statewide winner will receive a few more.
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