The Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) is the official state affiliate of the Libertarian Party (United States). The purpose of the Party is to promote libertarianism and elect candidates to office. The Kentucky affiliate has existed since 1974, and is the third-largest political party in Kentucky. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office officially began asking county clerks to track the number of Libertarian voter registrations in 2006. As of July 2017, over 8,000 Kentucky citizens have registered Libertarian.
As a result of Kentucky’s 2016 General Election for President, the Libertarian Party is considered, under the state’s Revised Statutes Chapter 118.015, to be a political organization. Political organizations are those whose candidate for president received at least 2%, but less than 20%, of the popular vote in the state of Kentucky in the last general election. A “political organization”, the second tier in a three-tier system, grants that party ballot access, but denies them a state-funded primary. The presidential race is the only metric used for ballot access in Kentucky. The LPKY will retain its “political organization” status until after the next presidential election in 2020
Prior to 2006, most Libertarian candidates for office received about 2% of the vote in any three-way race. After 2006, some Libertarian candidates have been able to reach 5% of the vote. In 2014, the first Libertarian candidates reached over 10% in partisan races with at least two other opponents.
In 2018 LPKY nominated 15 candidates for partisan political races throughout Kentucky. The General Election will be held November 6, 2018.