Secretary of State
Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 29, 2011  
Contact Information:  Lindsay B. Zoeller
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Secretary of State Elaine Walker
Office: 502-782-7404
Cell: 502-220-3401

Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching



Frankfort, KY – The deadline is approaching for candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate in a partisan office to file their Statement-of-Candidacy form. In order to be placed on the ballot for the November 8th general election, the appropriate filing paperwork must be received by the Secretary of State’s office by Friday, April 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.  The Statement-of-Candidacy form for independent candidates is required by KRS 118.365(5) which was enacted by the 2003 General Assembly.


There is no filing fee for the filing of the Statement-of-Candidacy. Failure of candidates required to file the Statement of Candidacy shall result in the rejection of any nominating petition submitted to the appropriate filing official by the August 9, 2011 deadline for attaining ballot access in the November 8, 2011 general election.


The following offices that file with the Secretary of State are scheduled for a regular election in 2011 that would require the filing of a statement of candidacy:

·         Governor & Lt. Governor (slate required)

  •  Secretary of State
  •  Attorney General
  •  State Auditor
  • Treasurer
  • Commissioner of Agriculture


Citizens interested in running for an office that files with the Secretary of State are able to obtain the proper filing papers online, twenty-four hours a day, via FastTrack Elections at . These forms can be printed out and submitted either in person or by mail. These forms have detailed instructions to help the candidate fill out the forms properly.


In order to help candidates seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State previously developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy.  This publication provides Kentuckians with a quick guide to filing for political office. This can be found online at .


Although the manual 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 publication contains an election schedule, sample filing forms, contact information for state election agencies, and answers to candidates’ most frequently asked questions.


For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of Declaring Your Candidacy, access FastTrack Elections, or to view a list of candidates, please visit

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