Secretary of State
Ballot Access Procedural Manual Available for the First Time for Potential Candidates

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 07, 2005  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

           (Frankfort, KY) – With more than 4,000 races to appear on next year’s election ballot, Kentuckians will have a number of choices for which they may run for public office.  In order to help the thousands of candidates, both new and old, running for 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.


            “I could not be more excited about the development of this guide,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “We should do everything in our ability to empower citizens to run for elected office.  I think this manual does such a service by providing a much needed compilation of election information in an easy to use format.”


            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 will be a useful tool for any citizen considering running for office in 2006.  Having this information displayed in a discernable and clear fashion will be a benefit to the elections process in Kentucky,” commented Grayson.


            Copies of Declaring Your Candidacy are available on the Office of the Secretary of State’s website at


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