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