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Ky. lawmaker's bill would allow one candidate to run for President and Congress

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When you vote in 2016, you could see Senator Rand Paul's name on the ballot twice if a bill filed in the Kentucky legislature becomes law.

It's being called the "Rand Paul Bill," but its sponsor says it's really non-partisan. SB 205 would allow candidates, like Republican Sen. Rand Paul, to appear on the ballot twice, as long as they're running for federal office. So if Paul decides to run for President, which he is strongly considering, he could also run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

The bill, introduced March 6, reads in full: "Amend KRS 118.405 to allow a candidate's name to appear on a voting machine or absentee ballot twice if one or both of the offices sought is a federal office."

Candidates are not allowed to appear on the ballot more than once.

The bill's sponsor, State Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, says such a law would benefit politicians besides Rand Paul.

"What if the Democratic nominee for President decides to choose John Yarmuth to be their running mate?" Thayer asked. "He would probably want to run for Congress and Vice President at the same time. I think it's not necessarily about Sen. Paul, though his circumstances are what's driving this; it's really about if anyone of any party from Kentucky who is a member of Congress wants to run for re-election and seek the vice presidency or presidency, making sure that Kentuckians have a voice in that election."

Thayer says he was approached by Paul's staff about the legislation and has spoken several times with Kentucky's freshman senator about it.

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