Secretary of State - Recent Headlines

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  • Secretary Grimes to Recognize Memorial Day
    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians that Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day, the national holiday recognizing military servicemen and women who have died while serving the United States in the armed forces.
  • Secretary Grimes Readies County Clerks for Statewide Recanvass
    Friday, May 22, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has notified Kentucky’s 120 county clerks that James R. Comer and Chris McDaniel, Republican candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Richard Heath, Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, have requested a statewide recanvass of the results in their respective primary elections. Currently, unofficial vote totals indicate Comer and McDaniel trail opponents Matt Bevin and Jenean Hampton by 83 votes, and Richard Heath has a 1,427-vote deficit to opponent Ryan Quarles.
  • Secretary Grimes Receives Recanvass Request From Agriculture Commissioner Candidate Richard
    Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today received a written recanvass request from Richard Heath, a Republican candidate for Agriculture Commissioner. The request seeks a recanvass of all precincts in all Kentucky counties. Unofficial vote totals currently show Heath with a 1,427-vote deficit to his opponent, Ryan Quarles.
  • Secretary Grimes Receives Recanvass Request from James Comer and Chris McDaniel
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes received a written request from James R. Comer and Chris McDaniel, Republican candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, for a statewide recanvass of the results in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election. Currently, unofficial vote totals indicate Comer and McDaniel trail opponents Matt Bevin and Jenean Hampton by 83 votes.
  • Secretary Grimes Prepared for Potential Recanvass in Close Election
    Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    In the wake of the May 19 Republican Gubernatorial Primary Election, in which Matt Bevin and James Comer are currently separated by only 83 votes, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is prepared to implement procedures for a recanvass in the event one is requested.
  • State Board of Elections Wins Court Order to Protect Military and Overseas Voters
    Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the state’s chief election official, have sought and obtained a court order to extend the absentee ballot return deadline for select military and overseas voters in today’s Primary Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections will be in session from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., EST, on May 19, 2015, and it will conduct a special board meeting at 1:00 p.m., EST, on that date. As required by KRS 61.823, the agenda for the special meeting is attached. The meeting will be held at the State Board of Elections located at 140 Walnut Street, Frankfort, Kentucky.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of "Do's and Don'ts" of Primary Election
    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance of Kentucky’s Primary Election on May 19.
  • Secretary Grimes Forecasts Turnout in Primary Election
    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today projected approximately 10 percent of the 3.1 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for the May 19, 2015, Primary Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Urges Kentuckians to Prepare for May 19 Primary Election
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    The Primary Election is one week away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all eligible voters to plan ahead for Election Day to make sure their voices are heard on May 19.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Online Services Available to Voters For Primary Election
    Thursday, May 07, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages Kentucky voters to take advantage of online services available to help them prepare for the May 19, 2015, Primary Election. Through the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov, and the State Board of Elections’ website, www.elect.ky.gov, citizens can verify their polling place, check the races in which they are eligible to vote and research candidates.
  • State Board of Elections Acts to Prevent Voter Intimidation at Voting Locations
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, is notifying the public that the State Board of Elections has approved and filed an emergency administrative regulation prohibiting electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day. The emergency administrative regulation, which is effective immediately, does not apply to private property.
  • State Board of Elections Meeting
    Monday, May 04, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections will conduct a special meeting at 1:00 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.
  • More Voters Than Ever Registered in Kentucky as May 19 Primary Election Approaches
    Monday, May 04, 2015
    Nearly 3.2 million Kentuckians appear on the voter rolls ahead of the May 19 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today. The total number of registered voters – 3,175,905 – constitutes a new record, beating the 3,147,157 registered for the General Election held in November 2014. The difference is an increase of approximately 1%, or 28,748 voters, over five months.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting in May 19, 2015, Primary Election Opening Across Kentucky
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    In many counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary 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' Grandmother, Elsie Case, Passes Away at Age 84
    Friday, April 24, 2015
    With a great sense of sadness, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is informing Kentuckians that her maternal grandmother, Elsie Crawford Case, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2015, surrounded by family. Case was 84 years old. She is survived by two children, seven grand-children, eight great-grandchildren, one brother and three sisters.
  • Secretary Grimes Works With Law Enforcement to Protect Integrity of 2015 Primary Election
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    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 May 19 Primary 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 Announces Election Integrity Task Force Special Meeting
    Monday, April 20, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the Election Integrity Task Force will conduct a special meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Clark Moores Middle School Student in 26th Annual Slogan Contest
    Friday, April 17, 2015
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Grimes recognized Lauryn Robinson, a Clark Moores Middle School student, for finishing in second place in the Secretary of State’s 26th Annual Slogan Contest. Robinson’s submission, “If you want to fight for what is right, vote vote vote!” was chosen by the public to help promote voting in Kentucky. Robinson received a $600 cash prize for placing second.
  • Secretary Grimes Warns Kentucky Businesses of Suspicious Phone Call
    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning Kentucky businesses to protect themselves by exercising caution with respect to suspicious phone calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service.