2018 Kentucky elections candidate filing period now open

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle is now open, and now there's a new way to learn about becoming a candidate.

The Secretary of State's office has launched a new candidate filing website and a new "becoming a candidate" portal to help with the process.

"The 2018 election cycle is what's known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates," said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief elections official. "As Secretary of State, we've launched online voter registration and made military voting easier with the use of technology, so it's natural that we tackle making the filing process simpler for candidates with a new filing portal online."

The new portals allow potential candidates to use a streamlined web application to fill out much of the paperwork required to become a candidate. They also allow potential candidates to print blank filing forms or to request forms by mail.

The 2018 ballot will feature Kentucky's six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the 100 seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives and seats in even districts in the Kentucky Senate.

The judicial slate includes the Kentucky Supreme Court's third district, Kentucky's District Judges, and all Commonwealth's Attorneys and Circuit Court Clerks.

On the local level, all county officers will be up for election along with city legislative bodies and mayors of some cities.

The deadline for filing for offices that may have a primary is 4 p.m. local time on January 30, 2018. Independent, political group, or political organization candidates for offices that require a statement of candidacy must file by 4 p.m. local time on April 2, 2018.

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