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...

State Board of Elections officially certifies results of Kentucky’s May 17 primary election

The State Board of Elections certified vote totals from the May 17 primary election Tuesday and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the primary. Detailed results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. Nearly 670,000 Kentuckians, approximately 20.7 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the primary. Fewer than 2,000 votes separated...

Recanvass of votes in Kentucky Democratic Presidential Primary upholds Clinton win

A statewide recanvass of the votes was conducted in the May 17 Democratic Presidential primary election Thursday and the results did not change the outcome of the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. The results remain unchanged from the totals certified by county boards of elections to the Secretary of State last week, as required by law. Pursuant...

Kentucky voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election predicted to be about 20 percent

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected approximately 20 percent of the 3.2 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for the May 17 Primary Election. “After reviewing absentee data provided by our county clerks and historical turnout in similar election cycles, I believe one in five registered Kentucky voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s Primary Election,” Grimes...

UK College of Law one-day election symposium features panel of Kentucky, national experts

By Whitney Harder and Ashley Ritchie Special to KyForward The Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) and the University of Kentucky College of Law will host an all-day symposium on election law titled, “An Elective Perspective: Judicial Regulation of Politics in an Election Year,” in the College of Law Courtroom on Friday, March 25. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will deliver...

Hillary Clinton to campaign for Grimes in Lexington; McConnell, Paul joining forces

The U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky shows no signs of winding down before Tuesday’s vote.   Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Transylvania University in Lexington Saturday to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Gates will open at noon for the event on Old Morrison lawn. Free tickets will be available to the public beginning Thursday afternoon...

Bill Straub: If nothing else, Grimes has one thing going for her – McConnell himself

If Alison Lundergan Grimes should somehow pull off the monumental upset and defeat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next Tuesday’s election, don’t blame her.   Grimes, the Kentucky Secretary of State, has run one of the oddest campaigns since the Coca-Cola Co. introduced New Coke in the 1980s, skirting around issues, refusing to answer even the most benign questions, slipping past...

Bill Straub: What's going on with the usually composed, cool-under-fire Mitch McConnell?

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, at least one unexpected, interesting question has arisen: What in the world is going on with Addison Mitchell McConnell?   Widely known as a political genius – just ask him – the Senate Republican leader seeking a sixth six-year term usually runs a flawless operation, dating all the way back to 1984 when he defeated incumbent...

Bill Straub: What’s going on with the usually composed, cool-under-fire Mitch McConnell?

Regardless of the outcome of this year’s U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, at least one unexpected, interesting question has arisen: What in the world is going on with Addison Mitchell McConnell?   Widely known as a political genius – just ask him – the Senate Republican leader seeking a sixth six-year term usually runs a flawless operation, dating all the way back to 1984 when he defeated incumbent...

Commentary: Judge our Senate candidates by their statesmanship, not their personal power

By Shirley Browning Special to KyForward   I write out of concern for our state. I am a Kentucky native, and I still own a small portion of our family farm there.   I earned two degrees from University of Kentucky, and spent eight years in a one-room school in Fleming County. My family grew apples, peaches, berries and tobacco on our property and we cut timber. The farm is now a research...

Col Owens: Kentucky needs to hire Alison Lundergan Grimes, retire Mitch McConnell

We need Alison Lundergan Grimes in the U.S. Senate. Why? There are many reasons, and they’re good ones.   Alison wants to solve problems here in Kentucky and around the nation. She will not pass the buck, as Mitch McConnell does when he blames President Obama for not solving them and then does everything in his power to block solutions. His desire for the president to fail overwhelms...