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Final day to file for election ballot in Kentucky

Posted at 7:13 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 07:13:56-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Whether you would like to run for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Senate, state House of Representatives or certain judgeships, all paperwork to run for office in 2020 is due Friday at 4 p.m.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams said he has certified dozens during his first week in office.

“On the last day, we expect to have quite a few. We actually are setting up tables out in the hallway, because we expect potentially scores of people coming in at the last minute to get on the ballot,” said Adams.

With 2020 being a presidential election year and some high-profile races in Kentucky, Adams and his team are on high alert.

“A high-profile U.S. Senate race, especially with the Senate majority leader on the ballot, is that makes me a lot more concerned about vulnerabilities in our election system, both internally with election fraud here with Kentucky and also externally with Russia and other foreign actors,” Adams said.

On Thursday morning, Adams took filing inventory saying, “It’s only about half of where we were at this point two years ago, when you had all the teachers filing for office, Democrats and Republicans.”

Those numbers could, however, completely change by the deadline Friday afternoon.