A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky Secretary of State, county clerks from across state join DHS national cybersecurity exercise

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and county clerks from all parts of Kentucky on Wednesday participated in a national cybersecurity exercise with 45 states across the nation and hosted by the Department of Homeland Security. The national exercise assisted elections stakeholders in identifying best practices and opening lines of communications to facilitate partnerships for cyber incident...

Secretary of state to begin accepting Boots to Business program applicants beginning Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday said her office will begin accepting applicants Aug. 1 for her office’s Boots to Business initiative the General Assembly passed earlier this year. Through Boots to Business new business entities which are 51-percent owned by a military veteran or active service member, including members of the National Guard, are eligible for fee waivers...

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expecting first child; baby boy due in December

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and her husband Andrew Grimes announced on Monday that they are expecting their first child, a boy, in December. Alison Lundergan Grimes “The journey to grow our family has not been easy,” Grimes said in making the announcement. “With the assistance of talented doctors, numerous surgeries, a supportive family and immense prayer...

Grimes appoints Louisville attorney Erica Galyon as assistant secretary of State effective Aug. 1

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday she is appointing Erica Galyon, a Kentucky attorney, as Assistant Secretary of State and chief of staff for the Secretary of State’s office effective Aug. 1. Galyon is associate general counsel at Farm Credit Mid-America, a multi-billion dollar agriculture lending cooperative based in Louisville. Formerly, she was senior vice president...

Voting ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ from Secretary of State Alison Grimes; know where to go and what to do

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 Kentucky’s election on May 22. “This is a major midterm election year with races up and down the ballot from the federal to the local level,” said Grimes. “These tips will help voters get prepared and to help our elections...

Secretary of State projects voter turnout in primary election could be 30 percent, highest since 2010

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting a 30 percent voter turnout in next week’s primary election, the highest since the 2010 primary. “Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls,” said Grimes. “We have witnessed dismal...

Secretary of state issues call for additional poll workers as May 22 primary election approaches

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday issued a call for more poll workers for the May 22 Primary Election. Alison Lundergan Grimes “It takes 15,000 poll workers to conduct our elections across Kentucky. In each cycle, the State Board of Elections and our county clerks and local parties work hard to recruit poll workers to conduct our elections at the local level,” Grimes...

Grimes takes part in naturalization ceremony with Kentucky’s 141 newest citizens

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week took part in her 80th naturalization ceremony since taking office, welcoming 141 new citizens from 46 countries. The ceremony occurred just before Mother’s Day weekend at the Woman’s Club of Louisville. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans at the federal courthouse. Grimes spoke...

Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House. The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday. Rep. Donna Mayfield “Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying...

Secretary of State records more than $3.3 million Kentuckians registered for May 22 primary elections

A total of 3,368,119 Kentuckians are registered to vote in the Primary Election on May 22, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday. Democratic voters represent just more than 50 percent of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters. Republican voters total 1.39 million or about 41 percent of voters, and 8.5 percent of voters – about 289,000 – affiliate with another party...

Secretary of State Grimes announces Whitehouse, Brangers as newest members of Board of Elections

The State Board of Elections has two new members, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Tuesday. Sherry Whitehouse and DeAnna Brangers joined the board this week. “I am very pleased to welcome Member Whitehouse and Member Brangers,” said Grimes, chair of the State Board of Elections. “Their distinguished and varied backgrounds are a true asset to the Board. We are...

Reminder from Sec. of State: Deadline to register to vote in Primary Election is April 23; here are details

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election next month.    “We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we are extremely proud of the portal’s success. As of today, more than half a million people have used GoVoteKY.com...

Grimes marks National Service Recognition Day with roundtable of Americorps members in Frankfort

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday hosted a roundtable with Kentucky AmeriCorps service members in Frankfort to discuss service in the Commonwealth. The discussion coincided with National Service Recognition Day activities across the country. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes “AmeriCorps is one of our nation’s most vital civic service programs,” said Grimes....

Deadline for independent candidates to file statements of candidacy with SOS is April 2

Individuals seeking to run as independent, political organization or political group candidates for offices on the ballot in the November General Election must file their Statement of Candidacy forms no later than April 2 at 4 p.m. local time. There is no fee to file a Statement of Candidacy. Candidates for federal offices, nonpartisan offices, and partisan city offices in cities of the home rule...

Grimes Working with county judges to bring solar energy opportunities to Eastern Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week announced a strategic partnership she has formed with three Eastern Kentucky county judge/executives to explore a solar energy investment in the region. Last year, Grimes began facilitating discussions between a leading solar energy developer and Judge/Executives Scotty Alexander of Perry County, Zach Weinberg of Knott County, and Dan Mosley of Harlan...

Secretary of State leads Board of Elections in move to require voter-verified paper trails in Kentucky

The State Board of Elections on the recommendation of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday moved to require all future election equipment purchased in Kentucky to provide a voter-verified paper trail. “The Board of Elections takes the integrity of our Kentucky elections very seriously, and we want Kentucky voters to be assured that their votes count and the results are accurate,”...

Grimes accepting nominations for 2018 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced last week that her office is accepting nominations for the 2018 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. Alison Lundergan...

Grimes joins West Virginia SOS in distributing ‘Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook’ to candidates

To mark their states’ candidate filing deadlines, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State, and Mac Warner, the Republican Secretary of State of West Virginia, are distributing the “Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook” to candidates in their states seeking to be on the ballot in 2018. Alison Lundergan Grimes The Playbook was created by Defending Digital Democracy...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians filing deadline for May primary closes at 4 p.m. today

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds potential candidates for Kentucky’s May Primary that today, Jan. 30, is the final day to file paperwork with the appropriate filing official. The deadline is 4 p.m. local time. The Secretary of State’s online Becoming a Candidate portal allows potential candidates to use a streamlined web application to fill out much of the paperwork required...

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...