Calling it 'bipartisan,' Thayer files bill to allow Rand Paul to run for U.S. Senate & White House in 2016

03/06/2014 05:43 PM

Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, introduced a bill to clarify the law so that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul could be on the ballot twice in 2016 — for re-election to the U.S. Senate and for president if he chooses.

The current statutes say a candidate can’t appear more than once on the ballot, but Thayer and other Paul supporters say that was meant only to apply to state candidates — not for federal offices.

Paul is up for re-election in 2016 and is considering running for the GOP nomination for president.

Senate Bill 205, which Thayer filed Thursday, would amend KRS 118.405 to include a line saying that “the prohibition in this section shall not prevent a candidate’s name from appearing on a voting machine or absentee ballot twice if one or both of the office sought is a federal office.”

When asked about the chances of the bill in the state House, Thayer called the bill “bipartisan” saying it could easily affect a federal Democrat too. But he delivered the line with smile adding, “if there are any of them left standing in the federal delegation in the future.”

Up until Thursday, Thayer said he was unsure if he would file the bill. He said he was trying to decide whether to amend an existing House bill or file stand alone legislation.

“I just decided to go with the straight up approach and file the bill,” Thayer said.

With Paul’s rising popularity in some early presidential polls, Thayer says it’s important to be preparing for Kentuckians to get the chance to vote for one of their own.

“I think it’s important for Kentuckians to have a chance if Senator Paul wins the Republican nomination for president which is not an outside chance. In many places he is listed as the front runner, both in quantitative polls and in qualitative analysis by pundits,” Thayer said. “If he wins the nomination I think it’s important to give Kentuckians to vote for or against someone from their own state.”


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