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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...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes announces she is no longer considering running for governor

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced on Monday she will not run for governor. Grimes had long said she was considering a run for the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination in 2019, but a life-changing event changed her mind, according to a statement she released on Monday. “I never could have imagined that this year I would have the job I had always dreamed...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes crunches numbers — 41k new businesses created in KY in 2018

Secretary of State Alison Grimes has crunched the numbers and has announced that in 2018 Kentucky businesses broke records across the board – from the number of new businesses to those utilizing online services. Here are the impressive statistics Kentucky businesses made possible in 2018: • 41,530 NEW businesses created in 2018 • 219,526 Annual reports filed in 2018 • 79% Business filings...

Secretary of State says re-canvasses requested for seven races across state; to be done Thursday

Kentucky’s county boards of elections have reported their official vote totals for the Nov. 6 General Election to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The deadline was Friday at noon. “The reporting of counties’ official vote totals is the first of several steps to close out the General Election at the state level,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official....

Today is last day to request mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s November 6 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that today is the last day for voters to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s November 6 General Election. Voters who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include: • Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens • Students who temporarily reside outside the county • Voters who...

Secretary of State reports more than 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote in Nov. 6 election

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.   Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...

Today marks final day for Kentuckians to register or change voter registration for Nov. 6 General Election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that today is the voter registration deadline for Kentuckians who intend to vote in the 2018 General Election Nov. 6. “To be able to have your voice heard at the ballot box, you have to be registered,” said Grimes. “[Oct. 9] is the last day to register and make changes to your registration – including updating...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

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...