Thinking about tossing your hat into the ring? Well you’d best hurry up, because time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2011 primary elections. Primary candidates have until January 25, 2011 to file for office. “We are less than a 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 4:00 p.m. EST on January 25th. If candidates choose to mail their filing papers, the documents must still be received by 4:00 p.m. on the 25th, and thus, candidates are asked to plan accordingly.
Offices that file with the Secretary of State that are regularly scheduled to occur in 2011 include:
- Governor/Lt. Governor Slate
- Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- Auditor of Public Accounts
- State Treasurer
- Commissioner of Agriculture
Citizens who are interested in running for an office that files with the Secretary of State will be able to obtain the proper filing papers online, twenty-four hours a day, via FastTrack Elections. These forms can be printed out and submitted either by hand delivery or by mail. The forms will have detailed instructions to help the candidate fill out the forms properly. The application will also provide sample forms for offices that file with the county clerk.
In order to help candidates seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy. This manual provides Kentuckians with 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 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, access FastTrack Elections, or to view a list of candidates, please visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.
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