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Grimes encourages new citizens to participate in democracy at naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday in Frankfort encouraged 36 new citizens from 26 countries to be active participants in democracy.

The citizens took the oath of citizenship at the John C. Watts Federal Building.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured right) at Friday’s naturalization ceremony in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of State)

Grimes reminded the new citizens and their families of the duties of citizenship, including voter participation, civic engagement, and using their voice to make a difference in the commonwealth and nation.

“I am proud to call you fellow Americans. Our country was built by immigrants and for immigrants,” Grimes told the new citizens. “Most every person in this room can trace their lineage back to another land or continent, and every person here has a story. The stories that each of you carry make up the firm foundation of this nation of immigrants.

“It is your responsibility to share that story, and use your voice to speak up and out about the issues that are important to you and your families. Most importantly, I encourage you to register to vote and show up on Election Day.”

Grimes encouraged new citizens to use GoVoteKY.com, the commonwealth’s online voter registration portal, to register.

“In the most recent primary election, only one in four Kentuckians showed up to vote,” said Grimes. “It is up to each of you to change that statistic, and ensure a majority of Kentuckians are making their voice heard at the ballot box. The first step is registering to vote.”

In order to vote in the general election, Kentuckians must register to vote by Oct. 9. Kentucky statutes require that voter rolls close 28 days prior to an election.

The secretary of state’s staff attend each naturalization ceremony held in Kentucky to greet new citizens and answer questions regarding voting and registration.

From Secretary of State

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