The Ballot Matrix will show you all the precincts and which County Commissioner, State Senator, State Representative and School Boards are assigned to that precinct.
2020 CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEET
DEADLINE TO FILE FOR CITY OFFICES, SCHOOL BOARDS AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS IS JUNE 2, 2020 AT 4 P.M.
BALLOT DRAW IS ON JUNE 4, AT 2 P.M. AT THE VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE AT 1840 SIMON KENTON WAY, COVINGTON. This is open to the public unless certain restrictions are in force due to COVID-19.
GETTING CANDIDATE FILING FORMS:
ALL CITY OFFICES FILING FEE $50.00
ALL SCHOOL BOARDS FILING FEE $20.00
SOIL AND CONSERVATION FILING FEE $20.00
Above are the fillable forms under each heading or you can go to www.sos.ky.gov and under the “elections” tab go to “Becoming a Candidate”
The Secretary of State link has candidate requirements, candidate declaration paperwork and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Forms. You must have an online account with Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, whose website is www.kref.ky.gov
Please send a check or money order in with your candidate filing forms to Kenton County Clerk, P.O. Box 1109, Covington KY 41011. If you need to pay by credit card, please send in your forms with a note for us to call you and we can then process your payment over the phone.
YOUR NAME AS IT WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT CAN ONLY BE 25 CHARACTERS
Please make sure that you have all the proper forms for the office you are seeking.
Please return your completed petition prior to the deadline in case there are any mistakes that need to be corrected. Please make sure there is a phone number for us to contact you.
The County Clerk’s office can only review the “face” of the document; we cannot advise on if the form is filled out properly.
FILLING OUT YOUR CANDIDATE FORMS:
Please read your paperwork carefully and review KRS 118.129.
KRS 118.129 Spelling and form of candidate’s name on ballot.
(1) The Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, shall certify the
exact spelling and form of the name of the candidate to be printed on all ballots
in accordance with the requirements listed in this section.
(2) A candidate’s nickname which is found to be, in the discretion of the Secretary
of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, a title, rank, degree, job
description, or spurious phrase shall be placed on the ballot only if it is the
candidate’s bona fide nickname, generally used by acquaintances of the
candidate in the county of residence to refer to the candidate, and if the
nickname is acknowledged, by affidavit, under oath, by five (5) residents of the
county in which the candidate resides, to be a bona fide nickname. The
candidate shall also acknowledge, by affidavit under oath, that this is his bona
fide nickname and is not being used to gain an advantage on the ballot.
BASICALLY THIS MEANS NO FORMAL TITLES (IE “Dr.” before a name or even “JD” after a name
(3) A nickname shall always appear set off in quotation marks and immediately
before the last name. Periods shall follow all abbreviations or initials. Additional
qualifiers following the last name, such as “Jr” or “III” shall not be separated
from the last name by a comma and shall be followed by a period.
BASICALLY YOU USE JUST YOUR NICKNAME ON THE BALLOT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE BOTH YOUR FORMAL AND NICKNAME.
(4) The candidate’s name shall always appear in the following form: first or given
name or initial; middle name or names or initials, if desired by the candidate;
nickname if desired by the candidate; and last or surname in full. All names
shall be in substantially the following form: John Lincoln “Jack” Doe; or J.
Lincoln “Jack” Doe; or J. L. “Jack” Doe Jr.; or any of the above combinations
without the intervening nickname.
(5) The total number of spaces, inclusive of letters, spaces, and punctuation,
which may be utilized on the ballot for a candidate’s name and, if any,
nickname, shall be twenty-five (25). Notwithstanding the listing of the
candidate’s name on the filing papers, spaces, periods, quotation marks, and
commas necessary for proper punctuation shall be added by the Secretary of
State or the county clerk, as appropriate. No candidate’s name shall exceed
twenty-five (25) spaces. The Secretary of State or the county clerk, as
appropriate, shall determine the correct listing for any candidate whose name
exceeds twenty-five (25) spaces to conform to this requirement.
KENTUCKY REGISTRY OF ELECTION FINANCE FORMS. The laws governing election finance have changed, so please review the new forms and make sure there is good contact information. Please visit the Registry’s website.