Write-in deadline for upcoming election is Friday

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By The Staff

Candidates who want to be eligible to have their votes counted as a write-in candidate for the upcoming election have until Friday, Oct. 24 to file with the appropriate filing officer.

"As we head into the homestretch of the 2008 election cycle, I want to encourage those individuals who are considering running as a write-in candidate to file to run as soon as possible," Secretary of State Trey Grayson stated in a press release.

Eligible write-in candidates have until 4 p.m. to file. This deadline also applies to those candidates who choose to mail filing papers.

The following offices must file with the Office of the Secretary of State:

- President and Vice President of the United States.

- United States Senator.

- United States House of Representatives.

- Kentucky State Senate (odd districts).

- Kentucky State House.

- Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court (District 5).

In addition, there are several judicial races this year to fill unexpired terms. Locally, the 3rd Supreme Court District justice seat is open. The seat has been vacant since June when Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert retired.

In order to help the thousands of candidates, both new and old, seeking political office, the Office of the Secretary of State has developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: "Declaring Your Candidacy."

Although the publication focuses primarily on candidate filing procedures, sample forms for attaining ballot access, and qualifications for each elective office, it also includes other important and pertinent election information that may affect candidates. The manual contains an election schedule, sample filing forms of various types, contact information for state election agencies and answers to candidates' most frequently asked questions.

For more information about filing to run for elected office in Kentucky, to obtain a copy of "Declaring Your Candidacy," or to view a list of candidates who have filed for office, visit www.sos.ky.gov/elections.