With county and city elections underway, here is a list of requirements and regulations for candidates, and rules and regulations for political advertising.
When it comes to advertising, the rules are clear-cut and simple.
KRS 121.190(1) requires print advertising including posters, circulars, billboards, sample ballots, and paid-for television or radio announcements relating to the candidacy of anyone for public office including a disclaimer indicating by whom the cost of the material was paid. The rare few exceptions include very small items where the printer would not be legible, including ink pens and bumper stickers.
The basic filing requirements for the County Judge/Executive, Sheriff, PVA, Jailer, Magistrates, Constables, Coroner, and Clerk are essentially the same.
Candidates must be at least 24 years of age, be a citizen of Kentucky, resided in the state for 2 years, and reside in the county and district for 1 year next preceding the election, in the county in which the is a candidate.
KRS 118.015 states that a residence is defined as an abode where someone lives day-to-day life, and not a naked legal residence.
A coroner must possess a current certificate of continuing education to perform a postmortem examination. A PVA must possess a certificate issued by the Revenue Cabinet verifying that he/she has been examined by it and that he/she is qualified for the office.
Candidates for County Attorney must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of Kentucky, resided in the state for 2 years, reside in the county and district for 1 year preceding the election, and must have been a licensed practicing lawyer for 2 years.
Mayoral candidates must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the city for no less than a year before his/her election. Must be a qualified voter in the city and must reside in the city throughout his/her term in office.
City Council candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the city for no less than a year prior to his/her election. Must be a qualified voter in the city and must reside in the city throughout their term in office.
To learn about the duties of each office, read next week’s paper.
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