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Bill limiting many election powers of the Kentucky Secretary of State fails to advance from committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Senate bill that would remove many election powers from the secretary of state failed to clear a House committee on Monday. The bill was filed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and in its original form would only prevent the access, modification or altering voter registration records by the secretary of state, individual members of the State Board of...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes announces she is no longer considering running for governor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced on Monday she will not run for governor. Grimes had long said she was considering a run for the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination in 2019, but a life-changing event changed her mind, according to a statement she released on Monday. “I never could have imagined that this year I would have the job I had always dreamed...

Covington Catholic High School students go to March for Life, but end up in disrespectful viral video

Staff report Covington Catholic High School students were in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 46th annual March for Life, billed as the largest human rights demonstration in the world. Their visit turned into a black eye for the school, for Northern Kentucky and for Kentucky as a video of the students taunting elderly Native Americans has gone viral on social media. (function(d, s, id) { var...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes crunches numbers — 41k new businesses created in KY in 2018

Secretary of State Alison Grimes has crunched the numbers and has announced that in 2018 Kentucky businesses broke records across the board – from the number of new businesses to those utilizing online services. Here are the impressive statistics Kentucky businesses made possible in 2018: • 41,530 NEW businesses created in 2018 • 219,526 Annual reports filed in 2018 • 79% Business filings...

Today is last day to request mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s November 6 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that today is the last day for voters to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s November 6 General Election. Voters who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include: • Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens • Students who temporarily reside outside the county • Voters who...

Secretary of State reports more than 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote in Nov. 6 election

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.   Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...

Today marks final day for Kentuckians to register or change voter registration for Nov. 6 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that today is the voter registration deadline for Kentuckians who intend to vote in the 2018 General Election Nov. 6. “To be able to have your voice heard at the ballot box, you have to be registered,” said Grimes. “[Oct. 9] is the last day to register and make changes to your registration – including updating...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

Grimes renews call for statewide early voting as absentee voting begins in November 6 election

The Secretary of State’s office has announced that absentee voting is now underway for Kentucky’s Nov. 6 General Election. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I am thankful for our county clerks who facilitate absentee voting...

Kentucky Secretary of State, county clerks from across state join DHS national cybersecurity exercise

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident...

Secretary of state to begin accepting Boots to Business program applicants beginning Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday said her office will begin accepting applicants Aug. 1 for her office’s Boots to Business initiative the General Assembly passed earlier this year. Through Boots to Business new business entities which are 51-percent owned by a military veteran or active service member, including members of the National Guard, are eligible for fee waivers...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expecting first child; baby boy due in December

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her husband Andrew Grimes announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child, a boy, in December. Alison Lundergan Grimes “The journey to grow our family has not been easy,” Grimes said in making the announcement. “With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer...

Grimes appoints Louisville attorney Erica Galyon as assistant secretary of State effective Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday she is appointing Erica Galyon, a Kentucky attorney, as Assistant Secretary of State and chief of staff for the Secretary of State’s office effective Aug. 1. Galyon is associate general counsel at Farm Credit Mid-America, a multi-billion dollar agriculture lending cooperative based in Louisville. Formerly, she was senior vice president...

Kentucky business owners have until June 30 to file annual reports with Secretary of State’s office

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grime is reminding businesses registered with the Secretary of State’s office must file an annual report with the agency by June 30. For the third year in a row, Kentucky businesses appear to be ready to break the Secretary of State’s records for annual report filings online. More than 126,000 entities have completed the annual report requirement...

Secretary of State Grimes and DHS conduct cybersecurity seminar for Kentucky attorneys

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Department of Homeland Security conducted a cybersecurity seminar Friday for Kentucky attorneys at the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual conference. “I am proud of the relationship my office has built with the Department of Homeland Security as a key partner in election security,” Grimes said. “Like election officials, law firms...

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins may be getting ready to run for governor, has family support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Democrat Rocky Adkins may be inching closer to a run for governor, telling reporters Wednesday that his family supports the idea. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is still mulling over a run for governor in 2019. He has the full support of his family. (LRC photo) “It’s a must that they be on board, and they are,” Adkins said. “This is a statewide race, and it’s...

State Board of Elections certifies Kentucky Primary results, issues Certificates of Nomination

The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified vote totals from the May 22 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief elections official. Official results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. More than 792,000 Kentuckians, approximately...

Voting ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ from Secretary of State Alison Grimes; know where to go and what to do

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance of Kentucky’s election on May 22. “This is a major midterm election year with races up and down the ballot from the federal to the local level,” said Grimes. “These tips will help voters get prepared and to help our elections...

Secretary of State projects voter turnout in primary election could be 30 percent, highest since 2010

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting a 30 percent voter turnout in next week’s primary election, the highest since the 2010 primary. “Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls,” said Grimes. “We have witnessed dismal...

Secretary of state issues call for additional poll workers as May 22 primary election approaches

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday issued a call for more poll workers for the May 22 Primary Election. Alison Lundergan Grimes “It takes 15,000 poll workers to conduct our elections across Kentucky. In each cycle, the State Board of Elections and our county clerks and local parties work hard to recruit poll workers to conduct our elections at the local level,” Grimes...