A PLACE ON THE BALLOT, Thursday’s drawing decides name order for nonpartisan candidates


Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:34 pm

BY MELINDA J. OVERSTREET Glasgow Daily Times

Candidates in nonpartisan races participated Thursday in a drawing to determine ballot positions for the Nov. 4 general election.

The drawing was at the Kentucky secretary of state’s office for candidates who filed there, but each county also had a drawing for local candidates in municipal and school board races.

Proceeding one race at a time, candidates or their proxies drew a number in the order in which they filed to run for their respective offices. In the order indicated by that number, each person then drew another number that determined the ballot position. Anyone who was not present and did not have a proxy designated and submitted by the time the drawing began automatically got the bottom spot on the list.

The party listed first on the ballot for partisan races is determined at the secretary of state’s office according to state law, said Amanda Sturgeon, elections coordinator in the Barren County Clerk’s Office, after the drawings had concluded.

The Caverna Independent Schools district is in both Barren and Hart counties, so the clerks in those counties decide which county will have the drawing to determine ballot positions for board of education candidates in both counties, Sturgeon said. On Thursday, the drawing was in Barren County.

Voters residing within that school district in either county can vote for any of the six candidates, regardless of the candidates’ counties of residence.

Drawings did not take place Thursday for races with only enough candidates to fill the available seats – such as the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education, which has three slots and three candidates.

The ballot positions determined in Thursday’s drawing – in the order of the drawings – in the Fiscal Court Chambers in the Barren County Government Center are:

Glasgow City Council

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