Court upholds longstanding Kentucky election laws

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently upheld longstanding Kentucky election laws regarding ballot access procedures for certain political groups and organizations.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky State Board of Elections successfully defended the Commonwealth's election administration procedures. The state's ballot access laws were challenged in court by the Libertarian National Committee and the Libertarian and Constitution Parties of Kentucky.

Two federal courts affirmed current Kentucky law, which requires candidates of "political groups" to submit nominating petitions in order to appear on general election ballots.

Circuit Judge Danny J. Boggs said the laws as written are "central to the regulation of elections."

"I am pleased the courts continue to recognize the important interests the Commonwealth has in avoiding voter confusion and overcrowded ballots," Grimes said. "This ruling is significant for all Kentucky voters and for election administration."

Political group candidates for president and vice president on Kentucky’s general election ballot have until Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. to file petitions with the Secretary of State's office.

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