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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...

Recanvass of votes: Andy Beshear/Jacqueline Coleman prevail in governor/lt. gov. race, 5,136 votes

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, has announced that a statewide recanvass of the votes in the 2019 General Election for Governor/Lieutenant Governor did not change the results of the election. Bevin concedes (Photo by Tom Latek, Gov. Matt Bevin is asking for a recanvass of Tuesday’s results. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)In a press conference,...

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...

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,...

No changes in six state House races recanvass, all to be sent for certification; Marsy’s Law awaits hearing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) –  No changes came from the recanvassing of six state House races and one for commonwealth’s attorney. They will be sent for certification on Nov. 20 by the State Board of Elections. One result stood out — In the Daviess County 13th House District race, Democrat Jim Glenn won by one vote over incumbent Republican DJ Johnson. Many others...

Kentucky election officials say turnout for Tuesday’s general election may be larger than projected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Long lines at polling places may mean a larger than predicted voter turnout in the 2018 General Election in Kentucky. 
State Board of Elections staff members reported to the board hearing stories of long lines from county clerks and that, other than a few minor machine glitches, mostly when polls opened, the election had been running smoothly. Voters had to wait through...

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...

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...

State Board of Elections certifies Kentucky Primary results, issues Certificates of Nomination

The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified vote totals from the May 22 Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief elections official. Official results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. More than 792,000 Kentuckians, approximately...

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 announces absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 primary election

Absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday. In-person absentee voting is open in many counties with all counties opening no later than May 7. “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “If you know you cannot...

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...

Belcher sworn-in as Board of Elections certifies results of 49th House District special election

Linda Belcher The State Board of Elections on Tuesday certified the results of the Feb. 20 special election for state representative in the 49th House District and issued a certificate of election for Rep.-elect Linda Belcher of Bullitt County. Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr. administered the oath of office to Belcher in the House of Representatives Tuesday afternoon. Also...

State Board of Elections officially certifies results of Kentucky’s May 17 primary election

The State Board of Elections certified vote totals from the May 17 primary election Tuesday and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the primary. Detailed results from the election are available at GoVoteKY.com. Nearly 670,000 Kentuckians, approximately 20.7 percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the primary. Fewer than 2,000 votes separated...