Secretary of State
Candidate Filing Deadline Quickly Approaching
(Frankfort-KY) With the Fancy Farm picnic nearing, the unofficial kick-off to the general election campaign season in Kentucky, the Commonwealth’s focus on the November 7, 2006 election is sharpening and none too soon. On August 8, 2006, candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate must file their nominating petitions with the appropriate filing officials.
“As we head into the homestretch of the 2006 election cycle, I want to encourage those individuals who are considering running as an independent or political group candidate to file to run as soon as possible,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “With more races on the ballot than at any time in Kentucky’s history, the 2006 election cycle is shaping up to have the largest number of candidates vying for Kentuckians’ votes in the history of the Commonwealth.”
Candidates who must file with the Secretary of State have until 4:00 p.m. EDT to file their papers in order to appear on the 2006 ballot. Candidates for offices that file with the local county clerk will have until 4:00 p.m. local time to complete their filings. If candidates choose to mail their filing papers, the documents must still be received in the appropriate office by 4:00 p.m. on the 8th, and thus, candidates are asked to plan accordingly.
The following offices must file with the Office of the Secretary of State:
• United States Representative
• State Senator (even numbered districts)
• State Representative
• Justice of the Supreme Court (1, 2, 4, 5 unexpired term, 6)
• Judge of the Court of Appeals
• Circuit Judge
• District Judge
• Commonwealth’s Attorney (if the jurisdiction is multi-county)
In order for a filing petition to be accepted in many races, candidates must have filed a statement of candidacy with the respective filing officer by the April 3, 2006 deadline. Candidates who file for federal offices, nonpartisan offices, and partisan city offices in cities of the second to sixth class are exempt from filing the Statement of Candidacy.
In recent weeks, the Office of the Secretary of State has received many additional filings and inquiries about candidates filing for office. Officials stated that this is partly due to the record number of races on the ballot, but also due to some new judicial positions, created by the passage of HB 267 during the 2005 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, that became effective on July 15, 2006. Candidates for those positions also face the August 8, 2006 deadline.
The new positions have been designated as family court judgeships, with the exception of one office. The following information details the new positions:
County of: Warren Circuit Judge
“Family Court” 8th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Hart Circuit Judge
LaRue 10th Judicial Circuit
Nelson 2nd Division
Counties of: Garrard Circuit Judge
Jessamine “Family Court”
13th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Greenup Circuit Judge
Lewis “Family Court”
20th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Knox Circuit Judge
Laurel “Family Court”
27th Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Butler Circuit Judge
Edmonson “Family Court”
Ohio 38th Judicial Circuit
Hancock 2nd Division
Counties of: Calloway Circuit Judge
Marshall “Family Court”
42nd Judicial Circuit
Counties of: Anderson Circuit Judge
Shelby “Family Court”
Spencer 53rd Judicial Circuit
County of: Bullitt Circuit Judge
55th Judicial Circuit
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.
“Candidates would be wise to file prior to the deadline date and time 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.”
After the filing deadline, ballot position drawings in opposed non-partisan races will take place at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the Office of the Secretary of State on August 10, 2006. Candidates are welcome to draw for their own position; otherwise, a representative from the Office of the Attorney General will do so on their behalf.
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 office 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 who have filed for office, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.
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