3:37pm

Fri October 19, 2012
The Commonwealth

Deadline Approaching for Write-In Candidates

The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 26. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding interested individuals to turn in their paperwork and filing fee to the appropriate filing officer.

“I encourage candidates to file their paperwork ahead of the deadline to ensure there are no deficiencies in their filings,” Grimes said in a news release from her office. “There is no opportunity to change documents after the filing deadline.”

Under Kentucky law, write-in candidates for any office must file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate and pay a statutorily prescribed filing fee. Write-in candidates for president and vice president must also file a list of presidential electors pledged to the candidates. Write-in votes cast for individuals who have not satisfied the filing requirements will not be counted.

For offices that file with the secretary of state, write-in candidates must file by 4 p.m. EDT on Oct. 26. Write-in candidates for offices that file with the county clerk must file by 4 p.m. local time on that date. If candidates choose to mail their filing papers, the documents must be received by the appropriate office by 4 p.m. local time on Oct. 26, and candidates should plan accordingly, the news release said.

Offices that file with the secretary of state that are regularly scheduled for election in 2012 are:

• U.S. President and Vice President
• U.S. Representative
• State Senator (odd-numbered districts)
• State Representative
• Kentucky Supreme Court Justice – district 7
• Commonwealth’s Attorney (for jurisdictions that include more than one county)

In addition, candidates for the unexpired terms for Court of Appeals judge for the 4th appellate district, 1st division; district judge for the 31st judicial district, 1st division; and district judge for the 57th judicial district must file with the secretary of state.

To download or request a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate and for additional information on becoming a write-in candidate, visit www.sos.ky.gov.