Grimes Statement on 2019 Candidate Certification

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2019) – On Monday, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will certify candidates' names for the printing of the 2019 Primary Election ballot. 

"We are so excited for the number of candidates that will appear on the ballot this election cycle," said Grimes.

Legal names of candidates will be certified on Monday, Feb. 11 for the 2019 Primary Election ballot. 

"One of my most solemn duties as Secretary of State is to protect the sanctity of the Commonwealth's election ballots, and to safeguard Kentucky's election instruments from being manipulated for political gamesmanship," said Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official. "After receiving a written complaint from a candidate for Secretary of State, I reviewed the materials filed with my office by another candidate, who sought to have his name appear on the primary election ballot accompanied by the purported nickname "Trump!" 

Pursuant to the statutory authority granted to the Secretary of State by KRS 118.129(2), the Secretary of State's Office determined that the candidate in question offered this so-called nickname in an improper attempt to gain an advantage on the ballot. Accordingly, the name of the candidate in question, Carl Nett, as reflected by the signature on his candidate filing papers, will be certified to appear on the ballot. 

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