Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Selected for National Leadership Role Among Secretaries of State

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 04, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been appointed to lead the National Association of Secretaries of States’ Standing Committee on International Relations for the 2015-2016 cycle. Grimes will co-chair the committee with Sec. Ed Murray of Wyoming.


“I know from experience how beneficial international outreach is to secretaries of state, and I am honored to co-chair the International Relations Committee. I look forward to educating members about international protocol, global markets, diplomacy and foreign policy, and I am excited to work to strengthen NASS’s alliances with the U.S. Department of State, United Nations, and other important institutions.”


In 2012 Grimes traveled with a NASS delegation to the Middle East to visit with troops and examine overseas voting procedures. Her experience and discussions there led to the passage of Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Initiative, which created Grimes’ military and overseas voter portal. The portal launched in 2014 and has been widely praised by county clerks and its users. More than 700 voters have utilized its features, which include registering to vote, updating voter registration, and requesting and receiving absentee ballots electronically.


Grimes also was selected to participate in NASS delegations that traveled to Taiwan and China, where she met with representatives of Kentucky companies with facilities abroad and promoted economic development in Kentucky.


In addition to her committee leadership, Grimes serves as Southern Region Vice President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. NASS is the nation’s oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. It fosters sharing of information and cooperation in developing public policy, particularly with respect to elections and voting and state business services.


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