Secretary of State
Candidate Filing Deadline One Week Away
(Frankfort, KY) Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2008 primary elections. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 29, 2008 to file for office.
“We are one week away from the deadline,” said Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the Commonwealth’s chief election officer. “Our office’s election staff is already extremely busy, and we anticipate that filings will continue up until the last minute.”
Candidates for offices that file with the Office of the Secretary of State may file their papers with the office until on January 29th. If candidates choose to mail their filing papers, the documents must still be received by on the 29th, and thus, candidates are asked to plan accordingly.
Offices that file with the Secretary of State that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2008 include:
President and Vice-President of the United States
United States Senator
United States House of Representatives
Kentucky State Senate (Odd Districts)
Kentucky State House
Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court (District 5)
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There will also be additional judicial races this year to fill unexpired terms. The following judicial offices for unexpired terms also face the January 29, 2008 filing deadline:
Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court (District 4)
Court of Appeals (4th Appellate District, Division 2)
Circuit Judge (30th Judicial Circuit, Division 4)
District Judge (16th Judicial District, Division 4)
District Judge (27th Judicial District, Division 2)
District Judge (30th Judicial District, Division 16)
District Judge (34th Judicial District, Division 2)
District Judge (41st Judicial District, Division 2)
In order to help the hundreds of candidates, both new and old, seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State has updated its ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy. Kentuckians can use this manual as 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, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.
“Candidates would be wise to file prior to the final deadline, in the event their documents are not acceptable for filing,” stated Mary Sue Helm, election administrator for the Secretary of State. “There is no opportunity for correction of documents after that date and 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 who have filed for office, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.
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