Get Ready to Run!


For the first time in history the Libertarian Party of Kentucky has earned ballot access. This means the Libertarian Party has the right to place candidates on the official 2018 Kentucky General Election ballots without enduring the ordeal and expense of collecting hundreds or thousands of petition signatures, depending on the race.  The Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) wants 2,148 qualified candidates to run for public office in the 2018 elections. That’s the number of candidates we need to reach our goal of putting a Libertarian in every partisan race in the state.  To see a list of Kentucky’s 2018 partisan races sorted by county, state and federal offices CLICK HERE.


Guidelines for 2018 Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) Candidates for Public Office

  1. The Commonwealth of Kentucky requires political candidates to be registered to vote as members of their respective political parties no later than January 1, 2018.  If you are not already registered as a Libertarian with the Secretary of State (SOS) of Kentucky you can not run for public office as a Libertarian in 2018.  (You may still be able to run as an independent candidate.)  If you can not run for office you can support someone who does.  If you registered to vote Libertarian before January 2, 2018, please read on.
  2. To run as a Libertarian the LPKY requires that you are a member of the party in good standing no later than February 13, 2018.  There are two actions required of LPKY members:
  3. Decide what office you will run for:  2018 KY Partisan Races.  Here is a link to the candidate tutorial published by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.  It will help you understand what you are getting into:  2018 Kentucky Candidate Training.
  4. File with LPKY to run for office by submitting the LPKY Nomination Form along with the appropriate Kentucky State filing fee and the $25.00 LPKY filing fee.   LPKY must receive Nomination Forms  no later than Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  Filing instructions are printed on the form.
  5. Run in the Libertarian district or state primary.
  6. Libertarian candidates for partisan state offices (not candidates for federal offices or mayor or legislative bodies in cities of the Home Rule Class) must file a Kentucky Statement of Candidacy form  no later than April 2, 2018.  (Hint: DO NOT FILE THE STATEMENT OF CANDIDACY FORM UNTIL YOU BECOME THE NOMINEE OF THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY FOR A PARTICULAR OFFICE.  Once the Statement of Candidacy is filed for a particular office, you will be barred by the state from running for any other office in 2018.)
  7. Once you win a Libertarian primary, run your campaign.
    • Create your campaign website (optional).
    • Raise funds for your campaign (optional).  We suggest you review the Candidate Guide to Campaign Finance.
    • Spread the word.  Meet voters and share the Libertarian philosophy of government.
  8. Kentucky’s general election is November 6, 2018.  Be sure to vote between 6:00 AM & 6:00 PM.  Good luck!


Information for voters

LPKY Absentee Ballot Forms for Libertarian Party officers and primaries must be received by LPKY no later than February 13, 2018.

In order to register as a Libertarian voter in Kentucky please visit the website of the Kentucky Secretary of State.


For the convenience of our 2018 Libertarian Party of Kentucky candidates and voters we provide the following links to important election documents.


Are you a Libertarian?

If you are not sure whether you are Libertarian enough to run for office, take this 10 question quiz to see where you fit on the political map.  TAKE THE QUIZ.



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