For over 200 years the office of Secretary of State has played an integral role in Kentucky’s history. The delegates to the 1792 Constitutional Convention, and all three Constitutional Conventions thereafter, realized the importance of having a Secretary for the Commonwealth when they mandated the establishment of such an office. Throughout the years we can see the Secretary of State’s Office accepting additional responsibilities as they are assigned by the Executive & Legislative Branches of Kentucky’s government.

The Timeline serves as an informal history of the office itself. We are including complete text of all four of Kentucky Constitutions (as they were originally written), entries from the Governors’ Executive Journals, and other articles that provide an insight into the history, function and development of the office. The Timeline will be updated as additional information becomes available.

We especially thank Charles Zoeller for his generous donation of the text for each of the Kentucky Constitutions. Mr. Zoeller’s data entry enabled staff of the Secretary of State’s Office to have an excellent foundation for the Constitution project and provided us an opportunity to expand the Timeline with additional information.

Disclaimer: This website includes complete text of all four of Kentucky's Constitutions (as originally written), selected Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly, and other articles regarding the office and function of the Kentucky Secretary of State. Additional information will be added to this site periodically. Text included on this website was keyed by the staff of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Although efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of all material, researchers should consult published versions of Kentucky Acts for official use. "Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly” may be researched at the Kentucky History Center Library, the Department for Libraries & Archives, and the Supreme Court Law Library, all in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Note: Acts included on this site may have been amended or rescinded; the information on this site is included for historical research only.)

Press Release: January 30, 2006, on the Kentucky Secretary of State's Website.

With only one more day for primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State to run for office, the Office of the Secretary of State set a new record for candidate filings during an election season.

As of Monday, January 30, 2006, 614 people had filed candidacy papers with the Secretary's Office, and many additional candidates are expected to file on or before the deadline of 4:00 p.m., January 31.

The previous record for filings was set in 1998 when 611 candidates filed to run for office.

The record number of races on the ballot is due to the 1992 constitutional amendment creating an "off year" in election cycles. Every four years, Kentucky does not have a regularly scheduled election. To accommodate this change, some offices' terms were altered to ensure that no election fell on the "off year". This is the first time since the amendment passed that this large number of races has appeared on the ballot at the same time.