Legislature changes Presidential filing date in 2008

(Frankfort, KY)  The Kentucky State Senate today concurred with changes made in Senate Bill 14 which would slightly delay the nomination filing deadline for candidates for President of the United States.   The original provisions of SB 14, sponsored by Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park), addressed the allotted time voters with disabilities have to vote and remained in the final version passed by the Senate today.

 ”We appreciate leaders of the House and Senate putting public policy above what could have been a partisan issue,? remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “Their actions will allow Presidential candidates from all parties to have access to the ballot so that Kentuckians will have a full range of options of candidates from which to choose the next leader of our nation.”

 The change in the deadline for filing presidential nominations was sought by Secretary Grayson after his office began reviewing filing procedures for the 2008 U.S. Presidential race.  At that time, it became apparent that the Republican National Convention would occur after the filing deadline had passed and would thus need to be extended in order for a Republican nominee for President of the United State to have his or her name placed on the ballot.  A similar change was made to the filing deadline for the 1996 presidential race in order to allow the Democratic Convention to conclude and the Democratic nominee to file for the race.

The current deadline for filing for President of the United States in order to appear on the 2008 General Election ballot is September 2, 2008 and under the change would be moved to September 5, 2008.  The Republican National Convention is scheduled to take place on September 1-4, 2008.

 “I want to personally thank Chairman Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) and Chairman Darryl Owens (D-Louisville) who worked diligently to address this issue as soon as we brought it to their attention.?

 The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

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