Secretary of State - Recent Headlines

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  • Secretary Grimes Works With Law Enforcement to Protect Integrity of 2014 Election
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the state’s chief election official, is again joining forces with law enforcement officials to prevent vote fraud in the November 4 General Election. Members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Grimes and Attorney General Jack Conway, met today to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Write-In Candidates of Filing Deadline
    Monday, October 20, 2014
    The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate in the November 4, 2014, General Election is October 24, 2014, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding interested individuals to turn in their paperwork and filing fee to the appropriate filing officer.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting Opening for November 4, 2014 General Election
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    Eligible voters in many Kentucky counties may already cast absentee votes for the November 4, 2014, General Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces 91 Percent of Kentucky Businesses Filed Required Annual Reports
    Friday, October 03, 2014
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced that 91 percent of the nearly 204,000 entities that were required to file annual reports with her office this year fulfilled the requirement.
  • Secretary Grimes Promotes Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
    Thursday, October 02, 2014
    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is continuing her efforts to protect domestic violence victims’ voting rights through her office’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP).
  • Secretary Grimes Launches Online Portal for Military and Overseas Voters
    Monday, September 29, 2014
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launched her office’s new Online Portal for Military and Overseas Voters. The Portal is part of the Kentucky Military Heroes Voting Initiative, which is the result of recommendations Grimes made following a trip to the Middle East in 2012 to visit Kentucky soldiers and evaluate military and overseas voting procedures.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Kentuckians to Register to Vote
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    September 23, 2014, is National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all Kentuckians to take the necessary steps to ensure their voices are heard in the November 4, 2014, General Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Businesses to File Annual Reports by September 29
    Monday, September 22, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is reminding entities that did not file an annual report with her office by the June 30, 2014, deadline that failure to file the annual report and pay the $15 filing fee by September 29, 2014, will result in administrative dissolution or revocation of authority to do business in Kentucky.
  • Absentee Voting in November 4, 2014, General Election Begins
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that eligible voters may request mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s November 4, 2014, General Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces 26th Annual Secretary of State Essay & Slogan Contest
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    The annual Secretary of State Essay and Slogan Contest opened today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced. Grimes encourages all eligible students to enter submissions. The contest, now in its 26th year, addresses election-related issues in order to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Serve as Precinct Election Officers
    Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages citizens to take an active role in the November 4, 2014, Election by serving as precinct election officers, or poll workers. Approximately 15,000 Kentuckians will be needed to help administer the election.
  • Deadline to Register in November 4th General Election is October 6, 2014
    Monday, September 08, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 4 General Election is Monday, October 6.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed September 1 in Observance of Labor Day
    Friday, August 29, 2014
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, September 2.
  • Secretary Grimes Honors Military at Kentucky State Fair
    Monday, August 18, 2014
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today joined guests at the Kentucky State Fair for Military Monday to honor Kentucky’s many active-duty and veteran military members. Grimes participated in the Military Monday opening ceremonies and discussed the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, legislation she proposed following a 2012 trip to the Middle East and championed during the 2013 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Upcoming Candidate Filing Deadline
    Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    Independent, political organization and political group candidates running for most offices in Kentucky must file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee by August 12, 2014. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by 4 p.m. prevailing local time.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Business Entities That Missed Deadline to File Annual Reports
    Friday, July 25, 2014
    Entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky were required to file annual reports with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than June 30, 2014. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business official, reports that more than 173,000 businesses have satisfied the requirement, but approximately 30,000 have yet to file their reports and are no longer in good standing with the office.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections will conduct a special board meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014. As required by KRS 61.823, the agenda for the special State Board of Elections meeting is attached. The meeting will be held at the State Board of Elections located at 140 Walnut Street, Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Business One Stop Portal Receives Praise and Award
    Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    The Kentucky Business One Stop Portal, the Commonwealth’s online, unified point of entry for business owners and their delegates, received the 2014 Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations Award at the Kentucky Digital Government Summit. The Award is given to an individual or organization that has demonstrated special, coordinated efforts on technological projects, data sharing, and other governing initiatives.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed July 4th in Observance of Independence Day
    Thursday, July 03, 2014
    The Secretary of State's office will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Monday, July 7.
  • Secretary Grimes Hires Veteran to Implement Kentucky's Military Voting Initiative
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that she has hired retired Army 1st Sgt. Matthew L. Selph, who has more than 20 years of leadership experience within the U.S. Department of Defense, to oversee the implementation of a new ballot delivery system for military and overseas voters.