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Kentucky Court of Appeals rules with Secretary of State in legal battle over seizure of computer

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Court of Appeals has handed a victory to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in her legal battle over the seizure of a computer from her office by an independent counsel looking into allegations of misconduct against her. A three-judge panel on Wednesday denied a petition for a writ of prohibition sought by Garrard County Attorney Mark Metcalf, who was...

Grimes announces deadline closed for candidates to request a recanvass for 2019 General Election

The deadline for candidates to request a recanvass in the November 5 General Election has passed, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday. The deadline to submit a written request to the Secretary of State’s office for a recanvass was 4 p.m., Eastern Time, Tuesday, November 12, per Kentucky law. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Secretary of State’s Office received one statewide...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians of ‘dos and don’ts’ as they head to the polls this election day

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Dos and Don’ts,” ahead of Election Day, on Tuesday, November 5. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races across the state that impact everyone in the Commonwealth. I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these...

Secretary of State issues General Election turnout prediction, challenges Kentuckians to go vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting approximately 31 percent of the 3,451,537 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out on Election Day next week. “Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election,” said Grimes. “It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect...

Today is deadline to apply for mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentucky voters that absentee voting by mail is underway for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election. The deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot with the county clerk is Tuesday, October 29. “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “If you...

In-person absentee voting now open statewide for Kentucky’s Nov. 5 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday that in-person absentee voting is now open statewide for Kentucky’s Nov. 5 General Election. All counties are required to open in-person absentee voting no later than Oct. 18. “Voters who are not able to vote at the polls on Election Day for various reasons can vote absentee before November 5, if eligible, either in-person or by...

Secretary of State to kick off third annual statewide food drive with Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has kicked off the third annual Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl. This is a collaborative effort between the Office of the Secretary of State, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road and Feeding Kentucky. The Commonwealth of Kentucky Bowl food drive is a friendly competition between Girl Scout troops in Kentucky and Southern...

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...

Secretary of State urging Kyians to #BeCyberSmart ahead of upcoming General Elections

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity practices. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, is encouraging Kentuckians to be vigilant as cyber threats continue to increase. “We work every day to monitor and fortify our defenses against any actor foreign or domestic, that seeks to undermine...

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes welcomes 197 new nationalized citizens at ceremony in Louisville

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday welcomed and congratulated new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Muhammad Ali Center. Grimes welcomed 197 new citizens from 47 countries and spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment to improving Kentucky. “I am as honored and humbled to be...

It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent...

Today is deadline to request mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s Primary Election May 21

Today is the last day for Kentuckians to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I am thankful for our county clerks who facilitate absentee...

The deadline for Kentuckians to request mail-in ballots for May 21 primary election is one week away

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminded Kentuckians today that the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s Primary Election on May 21, is a week away on Tuesday, May 14. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I am thankful...

Grimes joins Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to raise awareness of infant head trauma, safe sleep practices

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday joined Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) to unveil their safety video that will be shared with new parents in hospitals across Kentucky. “I want to congratulate Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, WellCare and the Kentucky Hospital Association for joining forces to help educate new parents, on the dangers of pediatric head trauma and the need...

ProPublica: Kentucky’s Secretary of State turns up the heat in fight with the elections board

By Jessica Huseman Propublica and Daniel Desrochers Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes escalated her fight with the State Board of Elections this week when she removed its executive director from a national committee devoted to improving the country’s voting systems and better protecting them from cyberattacks. Grimes took the action against the executive...

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...

Kentucky Senate passes bill revoking many election powers from Secretary of State; now heads to House

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill stripping most of the election powers away from the Secretary of State passed the full Senate on Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, originally would only prevent the access, modification or altering voter registration records by the secretary of state, individual members of the State Board of Elections, or any staff...

Legislation that would limit some powers of the Secretary of State passes Senate committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation that would take some of the election powers away from the secretary of state passed a Senate committee on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, originally would only prevent the access, modification or altering voter registration records by the secretary of state, individual members of the State Board of Elections,...

Filing briefs: Stumbo files for AG, Democrat; Schroder files for AG, Republican; Henry for Sec. of State

Greg Stumbo only democrat for Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a former Kentucky attorney general and House speaker, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Friday seeking to return as attorney general. Greg Stumbo Stumbo said he plans to continue the message he held while in the office before. “We’re going to talk about opioids. We’re going to talk about protecting people’s rights. We’re...