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DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 118 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes

In Kentucky, no paperwork is required to establish a political party. Instead, political entities are distinguished by the number of votes their candidates receive in the general election. The state recognizes three types of political entities: political parties, political organizations, and political groups. Each is allowed to place candidates on the ballot in different ways.[1][2]

For specific information on the candidate process, see "Process to become a candidate" below.

Political parties

A political party is defined as a body whose candidate received at least 20 percent of the votes cast in the most recent presidential election. Political parties must nominate their candidates via primary elections.[2][3]

Political organizations

A political organization is defined as a body whose candidate less between 2 and 20 percent of the votes cast in the most recent presidential election. A political organization may nominate its candidates by either primary election or convention. Candidates may also be nominated by petition.[2][4]

Political groups

A political group is defined as a body that did not meet the qualifications to recognized as a political organization. A political group may only nominate candidates by petition.[2][5]

For examples of the number of votes required to be considered a political party or political organization, see the table below.

Votes cast in 2012 presidential election Number of votes needed to be considered a political party Number of votes needed to be considered a political organization
1,797,212[6] 359,443 35,945