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Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes participates in 100th naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took part in her 100th naturalization ceremony since taking office in Louisville Friday. She welcomed 98 new citizens from 31 countries.

The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans. Grimes spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment to improving Kentucky, continuing her historic voter registration efforts.

“Today marks 100 times I have witnessed new citizens take the oath of citizenship. Just like the first time, it still stirs pride in my heart. Like all the thousands I have met before you, I am so proud to call each of you fellow Americans,” said Grimes. “The most precious right you have gained today is the right to vote – a voice in this democracy. We need you to use your voice and vote.”

The Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl presided over the ceremony.

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

Grimes told the new citizens in Louisville they have a responsibility to participate in the betterment of society and register to vote at GoVoteKY.com.

“I am urging you today to go online and register to vote. And then cast your vote in every election. A minority of people are usually determining who we send to city hall, county government, to Frankfort and to Washington, D.C. That’s unacceptable, and you can help change it. Our future is made by people who vote,” said Grimes.

Assistant Secretary of State Erica Galyon also participated in a naturalization ceremony today, welcoming new citizens in Frankfort, marking the office’s 101st naturalization ceremony. 

From Secretary of State

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