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Secretary Grimes receives recanvass request from Governor Bevin, will take place November 14

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has formally filed a request to have a recanvass conducted of the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial election. Unofficial results from the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections showed Democrat Andy Beshear, Kentucky’s Attorney General, defeating Republican Bevin’s re-election bid by a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although...

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees; class of 25 Kentuckians to be inducted

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday announced its sixth class of inductees in Frankfort. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the organization’s directors, state officials and the inductees for the announcement in the Capitol Rotunda. “The members of the Hall of Fame represent the best of Kentucky,” said Grimes. “Each of these individuals demonstrate selflessness...

Grimes warns of false information about voter rolls; says partisan activist group’s tweets ‘misleading’

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is warning Kentucky voters of false information being circulated by Judicial Watch, a partisan activist group. Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, tweeted on Sunday: “HUGE: Kentucky set to remove up to 250k inactive voters.” Alison Lundergan Grimes Grimes is warning Kentuckians that this information is false and misleading. The State Board...

Grimes leads Election Integrity Task Force post-election meeting to evaluate Ky’s voting process

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday led the Election Integrity Task Force (“EITF”) in post-election discussions concerning Kentucky’s Primary Election that occurred on May 21. Created by Grimes in 2012, the Task Force meets prior to election day and after to discuss any irregularities and continues to coordinate efforts to protect the elections. The Task Force is...

Kentucky is 29th state to join Electronic Registration Information Center to maintain voter rolls

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced Kentucky has joined the Electronic Registration Information Center, Inc. (ERIC) to continue efforts to maintain Kentucky’s voter rolls. ERIC is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve the accuracy of voter rolls and increase access to voter registration. Alison Lundergan Grimes “I have worked to make Kentucky’s election...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Auditor Mike Harmon announce changes to high-level staff

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two state constitutional officers announced changes to their high-level staffs on Thursday. 
State Auditor Mike Harmon introduced Andrew English as his new General Counsel. English will also serve as the executive director for the Office of Technology and Special Audits, overseeing the division responsible for recent special examinations like the Administrative Office...

Secretary of State urging Kentuckians to head to the polls and vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to go vote in Commonwealth’s Primary Election tomorrow, on May 21. “My projection Is that the 2019 Primary Election turnout will be consistent with the past constitutional office election years, at 12.5 percent or above. That being said, my hope is the voters of Kentucky prove me wrong and that we don’t have...

In-person absentee voting open statewide for Kentucky’s May 21 primary Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that in-person absentee voting is now open statewide for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election. All counties must open in-person absentee voting no later than Friday, May 3. “Voters who are not able to vote at the polls on Election Day for various reasons can vote absentee before May 21, if eligible, either in-person or by mail,”...

Alison Lundergan Grimes announces absentee voting by mail now underway for May 21 Primary Election

Absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday. In-person absentee voting is open in many counties with all counties opening no later than May 3. Alison Lundergan Grimes “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “If...

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...