Secretary of State - Recent Headlines

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  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Kentucky's Civic Education Leaders
    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Today, at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized 11 Kentucky educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education across the Commonwealth.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes 26th Annual Essay Contest Winners
    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Today, at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 26th annual Essay Contest in their respective grades.
  • Deadline for Independent Candidates to File Statements of Candidacy is April 1, 2015
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    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 Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 4 p.m., Eastern Time. There is no fee to file a Statement of Candidacy.
  • Secretary Grimes Highlights Important Legislation Headed to Governor's Desk
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    In the days before the General Assembly adjourned for a recess, it passed several key pieces of legislation supported by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The bills, which will benefit businesses, victims of sexual assault, and veterans, have been sent to Governor Steve Beshear for his signature.
  • Secretary Grimes' Nonprofit Law Passed by General Assembly
    Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Yesterday, the Kentucky Senate unanimously passed House Bill 440, legislation recommended by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to make important substantive changes to laws governing non-profit entities in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives also unanimously approved the bill, which will now be sent to Governor Beshear for his signature.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Ft. Knox Football Players and Coaches for Undefeated Season
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today recognized players and coaches with the Fort Knox Knights youth football team for their efforts in completing an undefeated regular season. Even during a rebuilding year, the team—and community—overcame obstacles such as relocations and scheduling issues on their way to a 6-0 regular season record and conference championship.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Serve as Precinct Election Officers
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is encouraging citizens to take an active role in the upcoming Primary Election by serving as precinct election officers, or poll workers. Approximately 15,000 Kentuckians will be needed to help administer the election on May 19.
  • Senate Committee Unanimously Passes Secretary Grimes' Legislation to Protect Rights of Voters with Disabilities
    Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    Today, the Kentucky Senate Committee on State and Local Government unanimously passed House Bill 212, which reflects Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendation to allow in-person absentee voting on the basis of age, disability or illness. Under current law, individuals who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to age, disability, or illness are permitted to vote only via mail-in absentee ballot.
  • Secretary Grimes' Non-Profit Law Recommendations Pass Kentucky House
    Monday, March 02, 2015
    oday, the Kentucky House of Representatives approved legislation that will make important and sweeping changes to laws governing non-profit entities in the Commonwealth. House Bill 440, which includes many recommendations from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, passed the chamber unanimously.
  • Secretary Grimes Urges General Assembly to Promote Tourism in Eastern Kentucky
    Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Today, the House Committee on Tourism, Development and Energy unanimously passed a resolution supported by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to initiate a study of existing and potential adventure tourism opportunities in Harlan, Knott, Letcher and Magoffin Counties. Pursuant to the resolution, the Legislative Research Commission would compile an inventory and examine the economic impact of adventure tourism businesses in the region, identify trends and available resources, and recommend ways the General Assembly can develop and promote adventure tourism in Eastern Kentucky.
  • Secretary Grimes Extends Deadline for Civic Education Award
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    Due to inclement weather that closed schools across Kentucky last week, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is extending the deadline for nominations for the 2015 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award to March 6, 2015. Nominations and applications must be emailed to or received by the Secretary of State’s office by that date to be considered.
  • House Passes Secretary Grimes' Elections Initiatives
    Monday, February 23, 2015
    Today, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed legislation based on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendations to modernize voter registration in Kentucky. House Bill 214, a bill to allow voters to register to vote and update their voter registration electronically, passed 92-3. House Bill 212, which would allow in-person absentee voting on the basis of age, disability or illness, previously passed unanimously. Both bills are sponsored by Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Louisville).
  • Secretary Grimes Appointed to Executive Board of National Association of Secretaries of State
    Monday, February 23, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been appointed to the executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State as Southern Region vice president, representing the organization’s 14 Southern states and the District of Columbia.
  • In Wake of Winter Storm, Secretary Grimes Reaches Out to Small Businesses With Winter Stom Business Hotline and Online Services
    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    With much of the Commonwealth crippled by continuing severe winter weather, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to small businesses across the Commonwealth with a Winter Storm Business Services Hotline and online services.
  • Secretary Grimes Opens Online Poll for 26th Annual Slogan Contest
    Monday, February 16, 2015
    Students across the Commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 26th annual Slogan Contest, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes invites the public to vote for their favorite slogan.
  • Secretary Grimes' Elections Initatives Pass Unanimously
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    Today, the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs passed legislation based on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendations to modernize voter registration in Kentucky. House Bill 214, a bill to allow voters to register to vote and update their voter registration electronically, passed unanimously. It is sponsored by Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Louisville).
  • Secretary Grimes Participates in Rally to Solve Hunger
    Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today joined the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and other elected officials in the Capitol Rotunda for the Rally to Solve Hunger. The Rally, part of the second annual Food Bank Day, raises awareness and knowledge about the fight against hunger in Kentucky.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Deadlines for 27th Senate District Special Election
    Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    The Special Election to fill a vacancy in the office of State Senator, 27th District, will be held on March 3, 2015, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, is reminding voters and potential candidates of upcoming deadlines. The 27th Senate District includes Bourbon, Fleming, Harrison, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, Robertson and Rowan counties.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Businesses to File Annual Reports Early in 2015
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business official, is reminding entities authorized to do business in Kentucky that they must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than June 30, 2015.
  • Secretary Grimes Statement on Passing of Senator Wendell Ford
    Thursday, January 22, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes issued a statement today regarding the passing of former Senator Wendell Ford.