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Secretary of State Adams gets encouragement from county clerk survey to pursue election policy reforms

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Michael Adams has more support in his effort to have some of the changes made to the way elections were conducted this year made permanent by the Kentucky General Assembly next year. In an interview with Kentucky Today shortly after the November general election, Adams, a Republican, said there were four items he hopes lawmakers consider after he and Democratic...

Kentucky voter registrations increased by more than 47,000 prior to Oct. 5 deadline for 2020 election

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced that, approaching the October 5 voter registration deadline for the 2020 general election, Kentucky saw a big bump in new registrants, its biggest monthly increase this year. As of September 30, 3,565,428 Kentuckians were registered to vote, a jump of 47,861 registered voters since the end of August. Secretary of State Michael Adams “I’m pleased so...

New beer packaging promotes poll worker recruitment, voter registration for November

Secretary of State Michael Adams, on National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, announced a new initiative to promote poll worker recruitment and voter registration. There is a critical need for poll workers as Kentucky heads toward November’s general election. A normal election requires 15,000 poll workers in Kentucky. During the primary, many voting precincts were unable to open because there were not...

Commentary: Bipartisan election agreement puts Kentuckians’ health first for this November

By Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams In the midst of a global health pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a Democratic Governor and a Republican Secretary of State we have proven that we can put partisanship aside to make our elections safer for our people. We know that working across the aisle to reach a bipartisan agreement, regardless of where you live from Washington,...

Secretary of State Michael Adams puts out APB for poll workers in Kentucky for November election

Secretary of State Michael Adams is putting out an all-points bulletin for poll workers for the November election. “Like most Kentuckians, I want things to get back to normal – and that includes our elections,” Adams said. “I want more robust in-person voting options than we had in June, but that is only possible if Kentuckians step up and volunteer to be poll workers.” Michael Adams A...

Secretary of State announces increase in new voter registrations during the month of May

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that Kentucky began to see a rebound in voter registration during the month of May, with the state’s total number of registered voters increasing to 3,476,391 as of May 31. This number reflects an increase of 7,744, or 0.22% more registered voters than reported on April 30. Michael G. Adams Democratic registrants continue to represent just more than 48...

Secretary of State Michael Adams announces decline in voter registration during month of April

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that Kentucky saw total voter registration numbers decline to 3,468,647 during the month of April. There are 1,265 fewer voters on the rolls as of April 30 than on March 31, a 0.04 percent decrease. Michael G. Adams Democratic registrants continue to represent just more than 48 percent of the electorate with 1,677,637 registered voters. Democratic...

Kentucky reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in single day with 293, four additional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had its highest single-day number of cases of the coronavirus reported on Sunday, with 293, bringing the total to at least 2,960. There were also four deaths reported Sunday, one each in Graves, Hopkins, Jackson and Jefferson counties. There have now been 148 Kentuckians who have lost their lives due to the pandemic. Nationwide, there have been over 762,000 confirmed...

Secretary of State Grimes launches new notary portal to conform with 2019 passage of legislation

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced the launch of a new online notary portal on sos.ky.gov. The announcement follows passage of 2019 legislation championed by Grimes and sponsored by Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D-Louisville) to bring Kentucky’s notary laws into conformity with the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (“RULONA”). Secretary of State GrimesThe new law (Senate Bill...

Secretary of State announces creation of Kentucky’s secure online Military and Overseas Voting Portal

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced the creation of Kentucky’s secure online Military and Overseas Voting Portal. “Over the past eight years, we’ve made it easier for Kentuckians to register and vote, making strides in every aspect of Kentucky’s election process,” said Grimes. “Today, I’m excited to announce that we will no longer need to rely on a third-party...

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell files papers with Secretary of State to run for seventh term

Kentucky Today U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell filed his papers at the Secretary of State’s office in Frankfort on Friday to seek a seventh term in office. Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron, a former staffer in McConnell’s office, and State Treasurer Allison Ball, who won re-election to a second term in November, signed the candidacy papers.Sen. Mitch McConnell files papers with Mary Sue Helm,...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes J. Graham Brown School with 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented students from J. Graham Brown School the 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award on Wednesday. In 2016, Grimes created the Georgia Davis Powers Award, honoring the late state Senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. The award is presented to schools with 100 percent of eligible students registered...

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...