Grimes accepting nominations for 2018 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced last week that her office is accepting nominations for the 2018 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made significant contributions toward promoting civic learning to teach students the importance of being engaged citizens. Alison Lundergan...

Grimes joins West Virginia SOS in distributing ‘Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook’ to candidates

To mark their states’ candidate filing deadlines, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, and Mac Warner, the Republican Secretary of State of West Virginia, are distributing the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” to candidates in their states seeking to be on the ballot in 2018. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Playbook was created by Defending Digital Democracy...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians filing deadline for May primary closes at 4 p.m. today

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds potential candidates for Kentucky’s May Primary that today, Jan. 30, is the final day to file paperwork with the appropriate filing official. The deadline is 4 p.m. local time. The Secretary of State’s online Becoming a Candidate portal allows potential candidates to use a streamlined web application to fill out much of the paperwork required...

Grimes tours Louisville’s Commonwealth Extracts, encourages growth in Kentucky Hemp economy

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited Commonwealth Extracts in Louisville to tour and learn more about the producer’s operation that is emerging as a leader in the fast-growing cannabidiol, or CBD oil, marketplace. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes talks with employees of Commonwealth Extracts (Photo from SOS) “Commonwealth Extracts is the premier example that Kentucky...

December 31 is the deadline to change party registration for voting in 2018 primary election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2018 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31. “2018 is a major election year in the Commonwealth. Kentuckians will elect officials at every level – from Congress...

Secretary of State honors DV8 Kitchen with Corporations of the Commonwealth Award

Lexington’s DV8 Kitchen is in the business of good food and second chances. That mission and the owners’ passion for building up their employees through positive support led Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week to honor DV8 with her office’s Corporations of the Commonwealth Award. “The mission of DV8 is something that inspires everyone,” said Grimes. “We...

Big Sandy ADD receives first Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl for success in statewide food drive

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and representatives from the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts presented the inaugural Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl on last week, the prize for gathering the most food in a statewide food drive held in October. Big Sandy Area Development District took the overall award having raised nearly 1/3...

Secretary of State’s Medical Cannabis Task Force discusses concepts of 2018 Legislative proposal

Members of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Rep. John Sims’ medical cannabis task force on Thursday discussed the concepts of a legislative proposal for the 2018 legislative session. The legislation is anticipated to be bipartisan. “In the weeks since we announced this effort on medical cannabis, I’ve heard the stories of Kentuckians in every part of the state – countless...

Secretary of State to host second meeting on medical cannabis legislation Dec. 14 in Frankfort

Grimes to Host Second Meeting on Medical Cannabis Legislation Next Week Alison Lundergan Grimes Members of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and State Rep. John Sims’ medical cannabis legislation panel will meet again next week in Frankfort. The group’s first meeting was Nov. 21. Grimes and Sims hosting ongoing discussions about the legislation as medical cannabis has proven to...

Grimes encourages Kentucky cities and counties to endorse medical marijuana legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky cities and counties to endorse medical marijuana legislation which can help their citizens, many who are veterans fighting physical and mental illnesses, get care and relief they need. Alison Lundergan Grimes “It’s clear momentum is building for medical cannabis in Kentucky. I challenge our local officials in cities and...

Secretary of State meets with advocates to discuss ‘patient-centered’ medical marijuana legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday initiated discussions about Kentucky medical marijuana legislation with a panel of experts and advocates in Frankfort. Grimes announced the effort last week. “I came to Frankfort to help people, and there are thousands of Kentuckians who need and are begging for medical marijuana to help ease their pain,” said Grimes. “Today’s...

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislative action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects...

Secretary of State launches new online candidate filing portal for 2018 election cycle

The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle has opened and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging potential candidates to use a new online filing portal on the Secretary of State’s website. “The 2018 election cycle is what’s known in Kentucky as a county election year, so it will feature thousands of candidates,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s...

Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl challenges local governments to donate food, funds for the hungry

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Michael Halligan and the state’s regional Area Development Districts will launch the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl at God’s Pantry Food Bank, Monday Sept. 25. This statewide competition challenges Kentucky’s local and county government offices to donate food and funds to aid Kentucky families suffering from hunger. “One...

Grimes says her office won’t comply with federal commission’s request for Kentucky voter personal data

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A federal commission’s request for the voting history and personal information of Kentucky’s 3.2 million voters was vehemently denied by the state’s top election official. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she received the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for the name, address, last four digits of the social...

Quarles, Grimes, Beshear address rally supporting Agriculture Department’s Hunger Initiative

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles gave an update of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) Hunger Initiative and urged all Kentuckians to help fight hunger in a rally to raise awareness of Kentucky’s hunger problem Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda. “The Kentucky Hunger Initiative got off to a great start in 2016, and we are continuing our efforts to develop a strategy to reduce...

Secretary of State’s office predicts 60 percent turnout — 3.3 million voters — for Tuesday’s election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected approximately 60 percent of the 3.3 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for next week’s general election. “We hope this year will continue to be a record-breaking year in Kentucky,” said Grimes. “Two weeks ago, we made history with the highest number of Kentuckians registered to vote. Now, we hope that...

Election Day Nov. 8: Here’s a guide for registered voters — available online, with details on your ballots

The nation’s general election is less than one week away and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding all registered voters to be prepared to cast their votes on Nov. 8. “The foundation of our democracy is our free and fair elections – going to the polls and casting a ballot,” said Grimes. “Because our elections matter...

Historic voter registration drive adds more than 100,000 voters to the rolls for Nov. 8 election

More than 100,000 new voters are on the rolls for the Nov. 8 general election following the largest and longest registration drive in recent Kentucky history led by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes announced the new registration numbers at the kick-off event for the Kentucky Girl Scouts “Promise to Vote” campaign last week. Approximately 106,000 new voters have signed...

GoVoteKy’s online voter registration system sets record; more than 10,000 new voters have signed up

More than 36,000 Kentuckians have used the Commonwealth’s online voter registration system to register or update their registration, setting a new record today, five months since its launch. The portal at GoVoteKY.com, which Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launched in March, can be used to register to vote, or update or check voter registration. “The energy surrounding our...