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In Kentucky, no paperwork is required to establish a political party.[1] 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.[2]

Political parties

  • Their candidate in the most recent presidential election received at least 20 percent of the votes cast.[2]
  • They are required to nominate their candidates by primary election.[3]

Political organizations

  • 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.[2]
  • They are allowed to nominate their candidates by either primary election or convention. Candidates may also be nominated by petition.[4]

Political groups

  • Their candidate did not receive the two percent of votes required to be considered a political organization.[2]
  • They must nominate their candidates by petition.[5]

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
1,797,212[6] 359,443 35,945