Secretary of State
State Board of Elections Nominate Presidential Preference Primary Party Candidates who have Qualified for Federal Matching Funds
(Frankfort, KY) The Kentucky State Board of Elections met today in Frankfort and as required by law nominated the following presidential preference primary candidates who have qualified, as of January 08, 2008, for federal matching funds according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) guidelines:
Joseph Biden (D)
Christopher Dodd (D)
John Edwards (D)
Dennis Kucinich (D)
Duncan Hunter (R)
John McCain (R)
Thomas Tancredo (R)
As of today, the only candidates who have officially filed to appear on the primary ballot are John Edwards and John McCain.
The remaining above candidates will be notified immediately of today’s nomination and will appear on the primary ballot provided they return to the Secretary of State a completed notice of candidacy and filing fee of $1,000 by no later than 4:00 p.m., January 29, 2008.
Other candidates may qualify to appear on either the Democratic or Republican presidential primary ballot by filing a petition with the Office of the Secretary of State, by certification of the FEC that the candidate has qualified for matching funds before the filing deadline, or by evidencing that they are qualified to appear on the primary ballot of at least twenty other states.
To become eligible for matching funds, candidates must raise a threshold amount of $100,000 by collecting $5,000 in 20 different states in amounts no greater than $250 from any one individual. Other requirements to be declared eligible include agreeing to an overall spending limit of approximately $50 million, abiding by spending limits in each state, using public funds only for legitimate campaign-related expenses, keeping financial records and permitting an extensive campaign audit.
The primary election in Kentucky will be held on May 20, 2008.
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