Election Day 2011 is history though the official certification of results by the Kentucky State Board of Elections is scheduled for Nov. 28. While most Kentuckians are moving into the advent of the holiday season and a new year, the election season rarely has a breather.
Candidates who intend to run on the 2012 primary or general ballot have begun filing their paperwork with Secretary of State Elaine Walker’s office in Frankfort. Qualified candidates will appear on the May 22 primary or the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
“It’s typical for the Presidential election year to raise the bar on all other elections,” said Walker. “For Kentuckians, there are many important races throughout the Commonwealth on next year that have enormous influence on how the state is governed. Candidates are gearing up and furthermore, this is a great time for those who are eligible to register to vote to do so and begin becoming familiar with their local, state and federal candidates.”
Republican and Democratic party candidates have until Jan. 31 to file for office. Independent or political group candidates must file a statement of intent to run by April 1 but have until Aug. 14 to file their petitions. Each date has a deadline of 4 p.m. Offices that must file with the Secretary of State in 2012 include:
• State Senate-odd numbered districts
• State House of Representatives
• Justice for the State Supreme Court-District 7
• Commonwealths Attorneys serving who serve in more than one county
Citizens interested in running for an office that files with the Secretary of State can access and download filing papers from www.sos.ky.gov. Completed forms must either be delivered to her office in the state capitol or mailed by the appropriate deadlines. Detailed instructions to help with proper completion are also available.
The Secretary of State’s website has an “elections” link that includes procedures, office qualifications, sample forms, the election calendar for the year, contact information and frequently asked questions at www.sos.ky.gov/elections as well as a link to the State Board of Elections.
For more information about filing for elected office in Kentucky, to view who has filed and to register to vote, visit www.sos.ky.gov. The website for the Kentucky Registry for Election Finance is www.kref.ky.gov.