Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Announces Deadlines for 27th Senate District Special Election

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen,
(502) 564-3490

The Special Election to fill a vacancy in the office of State Senator, 27th District, will be held on March 3, 2015, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, is reminding voters and potential candidates of upcoming deadlines. The 27th Senate District includes Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties.

To be eligible to vote in the March 3 Special Election, voters must be registered no later than February 2, 2015.

The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate is February 3, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Write-in candidates must file a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate with the Secretary of State and pay a statutorily prescribed filing fee. Write-in votes cast for individuals who have not satisfied the filing requirements will not be counted.

Eligible voters may already cast mail-in absentee ballots, and applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by no later than February 24, 2015.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:
• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
• Students who temporarily reside outside the county
• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
• Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
• Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Under the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, qualified military and overseas voters may apply for and receive an absentee ballot through a new electronic transmission system. The completed absentee ballot must be returned by mail and received by the county clerk no later than 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day. In-person absentee voting will begin no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.

Persons with questions about absentee voting or registering to vote should contact their county clerk or visit the State Board of Elections’ website, To download or request a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In Candidate and for additional information about becoming a write-in candidate, visit