Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Celebrates Kentucky Guard's 221 Years of Service

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 24, 2013  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

On June 24, 2013, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was privileged to participate in a celebration of the Kentucky National Guard’s 221st anniversary at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

Grimes is an ardent supporter of the National Guard. Last August she spoke to 565 National Guard members and their friends and families at a deployment ceremony, and in September she visited with Kentuckians in the Middle East to assess and improve military voting procedures. Earlier this year, she addressed members of the Kentucky American Legion who were deploying to Africa to provide support to National Guardsmen preparing to return home.

Following her mission to the Middle East, Grimes recommended to the Kentucky General Assembly that, among other things, absentee voting laws be amended to extend to the approximately 8,500 Kentuckians serving in the National Guard the same voting protections afforded to other branches of service. Her recommendations formed the basis for Senate Bill 1 in the 2013 Regular Session, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law on April 5, 2013.

Senate Bill 1 will also allow military and overseas citizens to register to vote and update their registration online, ensure that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extend existing protections to state and local elections.

“For more than two centuries, the Kentucky National Guard has represented the best of the Commonwealth – duty, honor, sacrifice, pride and love of freedom,” said Grimes. “I’m honored to show my appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions they have made and continue to make, and I am proud to continue to work to ensure their rights are protected.”

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