Secretary of State
Filing for 2006 Election Cycle to Begin on November 9, 2005
(Frankfort, KY) – With voters in Kentucky set to see more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history, thousands of citizens are expected to file their papers to have their name on the 2006 ballot. Potential candidates may begin filing with the appropriate election official on Wednesday, November 9, 2005.
“2006 should be an exciting election year in Kentucky,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “We are expecting thousands of Kentuckians to seek office, including a number of first time candidates.”
Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 31, 2006 to file for office.
Candidates for offices that file with the Office of the Secretary of State may begin to file their papers as early as 8:00 a.m. EST. Candidates for offices that file with the local county clerk should call their clerk’s office for more information about filing times.
Offices that file with the Secretary of State include:
United States Representative
State Senator (even numbered districts)
Justice of the Supreme Court (1, 2, 4, 5 unexpired term, 6)
Judge of the Court of Appeals
Commonwealth Attorney (if the jurisdiction is multi-county)
In order to help the thousands of candidates, both new and old, seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State has developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy. For the first time, Kentuckians will have a quick guide to filing for political office.
Although the publication focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates. The manual contains an election schedule, sample filing forms of various types, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.
“This election cycle represents an excellent opportunity for citizens from across the Commonwealth to run for political office. I hope that the large number of races on the ballot and the ballot access procedural manual will encourage citizens to seek an office,” remarked Grayson.
The record number of races on the ballot is due to the 1992 constitutional amendment creating an “off year” in election cycles. Every four years, Kentucky does not have a regularly scheduled election. To accommodate this change, some offices terms were altered to ensure that no election fell on the “off year.” This is the first time since the amendment passed that this large number of races has appeared on the ballot at the same time.
For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, or to view a list of candidates once filing as begun, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.
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