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Alison Lundergan Grimes makes third tour stop to discuss Kentucky’s Military Civic Health Report

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued to lead the conversation on recognizing the Commonwealth’s veterans and encouraging Kentuckians to actively support our veteran population at Freedom Fest’s 90th Ceremony. This was Grimes’ third tour stop to present Kentucky’s first-ever Military Civic Health Report. “One of my top priorities since taking office nearly eight...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes annual essay contest winners during ceremony at Sweet 16

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 30th annual essay contest in a ceremony Thursday at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honors the winners of her office’s 30th annual essay contest at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16...

Alison Lundergan Grimes opens online poll for Secretary of State’s 30th Voting Slogan Contest

Students throughout the Commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 30th annual Secretary of State Slogan Contest. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes invites the citizens of Kentucky to vote for their favorite slogan in an online poll today through March 11th. “More than 1,000 students from across the Commonwealth have submitted entries for our annual Slogan Contest,” said Grimes. “Making...

Grimes accepting nominations for 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that her office is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made significant contributions toward promoting civic learning to teach students the importance of being engaged citizens. “Throughout...

Grimes’ Director of Communications Bradford Queen honored as 2018 Jennifer Schaaf Award recipient

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Director of Communications Bradford Queen was honored as the 2018 Jennifer Schaaf Award recipient. Jennifer Schaaf was a successful and highly respected professional in government communications. The award, established in 1999, is presented annually to those who meet the high standards that Schaaf set and followed. Bradford Queen (center) was honored as...

Secretary of State Grimes announces Lillie Ruschell, Taylor Dale Clark as staff additions

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced Lillie Ruschell will join her office as Director of Communications on Jan. 1. Bradford Queen, who has served in the post since 2015, is departing the Secretary of State’s office to join the private sector early next year. Lillie Ruschell Ruschell, of Lexington, is coming from KET – Kentucky Educational Television — where she has served...

Secretary of State, KACo and food banks announce results of Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB) and the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) have announced the winners of the second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl they conducted last month. Scott County Magistrate David Livingston took the overall award, raising the equivalent of 20,125 pounds of food. Second- and third-place winners are Kenton County...

Secretary of state reminding Kentuckians of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ in advance of Tuesday’s midterm election

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day when Kentuckians and voters across the nation will go to the polls. 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 the polls opening. “Being prepared before going to the polls makes Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an...

In-person absentee voting now open in all Kentucky Counties for November 6 General Election

Absentee voting in-person in county clerks’ offices is now open statewide for Kentucky’s Nov. 6 General Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced. “Voters who are not able to vote at the polls on Election Day for various reasons can vote absentee before Nov. 6,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “Thank you to the many counties...

Grimes urges Kentuckians to support Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl’s statewide food drive

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging Kentuckians to participate in the second annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl, a statewide food drive her office is hosting with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) now through Oct. 26. “More than 700,000 Kentuckians don’t always know where they will get their next meal,” said Grimes....

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...