Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Kentucky
| Ballot access for major and minor party candidates |
| Redistricting |
|State ballot access information|
- 1 Year-specific dates
- 2 Political parties
- 3 Process to establish a political party
- 4 Election-related agencies
- 5 Term limits
- 6 Congressional partisanship
- 7 State legislative partisanship
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
- United States Congress
- Kentucky state executive offices (e.g. Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, etc.)
- Kentucky State Legislature
This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Kentucky. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.
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- See also: Kentucky elections, 2014
Kentucky will have a primary election on May 20, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:
- 1 seat in the United States Senate
- 6 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- 19 seats in the Kentucky State Senate
- 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives
The filing deadline for candidates running in the primary election is January 28, 2014. Independent, political group and political organization candidates must file by April 1, 2014. Write-in candidates must file by October 24, 2014.
|January 28, 2014||Filing deadline for primary election candidates|
|April 1, 2014||Filing deadline for independent, political group and political organization candidates|
|May 20, 2014||Primary election date|
|October 24, 2014||Filing deadline for write-in candidates|
|November 4, 2014||General election|
|Party||Website link||By-laws/Platform link|
Process to establish a political party
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 political entity is allowed to get candidates on the ballot in different ways. For specific information on this process, see "Process to become a candidate" below.
- Their candidate in the most recent presidential election received at least 20 percent of the votes cast.
- They are required to nominate their candidates by primary election.
- Their candidate missed the necessary 20 percent of votes to be a political party but received at least two percent of the votes cast in the most recent presidential election.
- They are allowed to nominate their candidates by either primary election or convention. Candidates may also be nominated by petition.
- Their candidate did not receive the two percent of votes required to be considered a political organization.
- They must nominate their candidates by petition.
For an example of the number of votes required to be considered a political party or political organization, look to 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|
- See also: State election agencies
Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:
Office of the Secretary of State, Office of Elections:
- Why: Oversees candidate filing and election procedures.
- 700 Capital Ave., Ste. 148
- Frankfort, KY 40601
- Telephone: (502) 564-3490
- Fax: (502) 564-5687
- 700 Capital Ave., Ste. 148
Kentucky Registry of Election Finance:
- Why: Tracks and reviews financial activities of campaigns and investigates violations to campaign laws.
- 140 Walnut Street
- Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-3240
- Telephone: (502) 573-2226
- Fax: 502.573.5622
- 140 Walnut Street
- Governor of Kentucky may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Kentucky Secretary of State may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Attorney General of Kentucky may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Kentucky State Treasurer may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
- Kentucky Secretary of Labor Cabinet may serve no more than two consecutive terms.
As there are no state executive offices up for election in Kentucky in 2014, none are affected by term limits.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
Kentucky does not place term limits on state legislators.
Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Kentucky:
|Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Kentucky|
|Party||U.S. Senate||U.S. House||Total|
|TOTALS as of October 2014||2||6||8|
State legislative partisanship
Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Kentucky:
|Party||As of October 2014|
|Party||As of October 2014|
- Kentucky elections, 2014
- Campaign finance requirements for Kentucky ballot measures
- Kentucky signature requirements
- State election agencies
- State executives with term limits
- States with gubernatorial term limits
- State legislatures with term limits
- List of United States Representatives from Kentucky
- List of United States Senators from Kentucky
- Official Website of the Secretary of State Elections Office
- Official Website of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
- Official Website of the Federal Election Commission
- FEC 2014 Primary Election Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
- Kentucky Constitution
- 2014 Kentucky Election Calendar
- Candidate Guide to Campaign Finance
- Filing Documents Packet for Political Party Candidate for State Senator
- Filing Documents Packet for Independent or Political Group/Organization Candidate for State Senator
- Filing Documents Packet for Write-in Candidate for State Senator
- Filing Documents Packet for Political Party Candidate for State Representative
- Filing Documents Packet for Independent of Political Group/Organization Candidate for State Representative
- Filing Documents Packet for Write-in Candidate for State Representative
- Ballot Access News, "Kentucky Campaign Finance Board Liberalizes Definition of 'Political Party' for Campaign Finance Purposes," December 7, 2013
- Ballot Access News -- News updates and analysis of ballot access issues
- Politics1 -- Comprehensive guide to U.S. politics
- ThirdPartyPolitics.us -- Blog about American third party and independent politics
- America's Third Party -- Includes ballot access information for each state
- RangeVoting.org -- Listing of notably restrictive ballot access requirements
- National Voter Outreach -- Political consulting firm that specializes in organizing petition signature drives
- 2014 Kentucky Election Calendar, accessed November 12, 2013
- Kentucky State Board of Elections Website, "Election Related Links, Political Parties," accessed November 12, 2013
- Ballotpedia phone call with Kentucky Secretary of State's Office on September 17, 2013
- Kentucky Statutes, "Chapter 118, Section 015," accessed January 15, 2014
- Kentucky Statutes, "Chapter 118, Section 105," accessed January 15, 2014
- Kentucky Statutes, "Chapter 118, Section 325," accessed January 15, 2014
- Kentucky Statutes, "Chapter 118, Section 315," accessed January 15, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Federal Elections 2012," accessed January 15, 2014
- Kentucky Constitution, "Section 71," accessed November 12, 2013
- Kentucky Constitution, "Section 93," accessed November 12, 2013