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First veteran business owner addresses legislative committee about ‘Boots to Business’ program

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joe Slaughter, the first veteran entrepreneur to start a business under the Secretary of State’s Boots to Business program that started last month, addressed a legislative committee on Thursday about the program as the nation recognizes the week of the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with Slaughter last week as he and other...

Secretary of State, U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade form partnership to strengthen Ky. communities

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met with U.S. Army 3rd Recruiting Brigade Commander Col. Eric Lopez and U.S. Army Lexington Recruiting Company Commander Capt. Dustin Wallace recently at the State Capitol. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ways in which the Army can make a positive impact in Kentucky communities. “Col. Lopez and Capt. Wallace are incredible leaders for the...

Grimes fulfills promise of polling places at Kentucky’s four state veterans centers

Honoring the service of Kentucky’s heroes and accomplishing one of her major goals as Kentucky’s chief elections official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that the Commonwealth’s four state veterans centers will now serve as polling places in future elections. “We owe it all to Kentucky’s 304,000 military veterans for their service and sacrifice...

Grimes says Kentucky businesses break filing records for third consecutive year

For a third year in a row, Kentucky businesses are breaking filing records, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday. More than 163,000 businesses have chosen to utilize the Secretary of State’s online filing system this year to complete their annual report requirement, outpacing the 2017 record by nearly 1,000 filings and more reports being completed daily. Alison Lundergan...

New legislation modernizing laws governing Kentucky nonprofit organizations takes effect

House Bill 443, new legislation that makes necessary clarifications and provides statutory flexibility to the laws governing nonprofit organizations in Kentucky, took effect Saturday. The bill, sponsored by Repreuseative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington, passed unanimously in both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin on April 26. The legislation builds...

Secretary of State to send address verification post cards to 600,000 no-show registered voters

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Registered voters who haven’t cast a ballot in recent elections may be receiving a postcard from the Secretary of State’s office soon. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will always fight to keep Kentuckians on the ballot. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) To ensure accurate records, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that...

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...

Recanvass of several close races in Kentucky’s May 22 primary set to begin Thursday

Several county boards of elections will convene Thursday morning to recanvass the results of races on the May 22 Primary ballot. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office received written requests for recanvasses in three races. County boards of elections will convene at 9 a.m. on May 31 to recheck and recanvass the voting machines, per Kentucky law. “My office has notified all...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes meets with Honor Flight veterans departing for capitol

Honoring the service of veterans across Kentucky on Memorial Day weekend, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Saturday morning met and welcomed World War II, Vietnam, and Korean veterans departing on a visit to the nation’s capital. “On this Memorial Day weekend, we join you in honoring the memory and sacrifice of those who stood by you in harm’s way. We also honor your...

Secretary of State recognizes annual high school essay contest winners during Sweet 16 tournament

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 29th annual essay contest. She held a ceremony at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. The winners in their respective grades are: • 9th Grade – Nevaeh Hope Dearmond (Logan County High School, Russellville) • 10th Grade...

Grimes leads National Association of Secretaries of State in adoption of remote notary standards

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) on Monday moved to adopt remote notary standards drafted by a task force chaired by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mike Smith, president of the Notary Public Administrators (Photo from SOS) The updated electronic notarization standards form a framework by which policymakers,...

Grimes reports record number of women to run for Kentucky’s General Assembly in May primary

The window for candidates who must run in a Primary Election to file candidacy paperwork with the Office of Secretary of State and county clerks officially closed Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted paperwork from numerous candidates until just seconds before the deadline Tuesday. More than 550 candidates filed with the Secretary of State for various offices on the May 22,...

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rep. John Sims unveil medical marijuana task force legislative proposal

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Rep. John Sims, and members of their medical marijuana task force on Thursday unveiled the legislative proposal that is the result of their discussions. Sims filed House Bill 166 Wednesday. “What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,”...

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...

Area development districts raise 250,000 lbs of food during ‘Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl’

Kentucky’s area development districts helped raised the equivalent of more than 250,000 pounds of food as part of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday. Big Sandy Area Development District is the winner of the overall award having raised nearly 1/3 of a pound of food per person in their district. The rural district winner is the Purchase...

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 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...

Grimes returns to Taiwan next week; will focus on promoting trade with Kentucky businesses

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is visiting Taiwan next week on an international trade mission to Asia with a delegation from the United States. Grimes is one of four secretaries of state selected to participate in a trip the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is coordinating and funding. Grimes made a similar visit in 2013, making the trip her second in office. “I...

Public invited to vote for favorite in state's 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest

Students across the Commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest, and the public is invited to vote for their favorite slogan.   “Almost 500 students submitted entries for the Slogan Contest,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. “I’m thrilled to see so many young Kentuckians already engaged and interested in elections and congratulate...