Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes and County Clerks Work Together to Preserve Military Voting Rights

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 11, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, announced that thanks to cooperation from county clerks, multiple military and overseas voters were able to timely return their absentee ballots for the May 19, 2015, Primary Election.


Due to an error by the company that operates Kentucky’s online portal for military and overseas voters, twelve voters from Daviess, Fayette, Henderson, Jefferson, Kenton, Lyon, Nelson and Rowan Counties were not sent absentee ballots until the day before the election.


Grimes, the State Board of Elections, and the county clerks from each of the affected counties acted immediately to obtain and implement judicial relief that extended the deadline for those ballots to be received to May 29. As of June 1, all counties had certified their vote totals to the Secretary of State’s office, and the county clerks are being dismissed as parties from the lawsuit.


“Our county clerks work year-round to ensure that all of their voters have a meaningful opportunity to participate in elections,” said Grimes. “Faced with extraordinary circumstances, the clerks in Daviess, Fayette, Henderson, Jefferson, Kenton, Lyon, Nelson and Rowan Counties went above and beyond to make sure their military and overseas voters’ voices could be heard. Their constituents should be proud and can rest easy knowing that their right to vote is being safeguarded.”


The State Board of Elections certified the results of the Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to the candidates that received the most votes on June 8.


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