Secretary of State - Archived Headlines

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  • Secretary of State's Office Closed May 26th for Memorial Day
    Friday, May 23, 2014
    The Secretary of State's Office will be closed Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time, on Tuesday, May 27th.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of "Do's and Don'ts" of Primary Election
    Thursday, May 15, 2014
    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 20.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of Offices on May 20 Primary Ballot
    Wednesday, May 14, 2014
    The May 20, 2014, Primary Election is less than one week away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging voters to educate themselves about the candidates they will see on their ballots.
  • Secretary Grimes Urges Kentuckians to Prepare for May 20 Primary
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    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 20.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Vote in Honor of Veterans on May 20
    Friday, May 09, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky residents to take advantage of her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program to show respect for the men and women who risk their lives to protect the right to vote.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Online Services Available to Voters for May 20 Primary
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages Kentucky voters to take advantage of online services available to help them prepare for the May 20 Primary Election. Through the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov, citizens can verify their polling place, check the races in which they are eligible to vote, and research candidates.
  • New Kentucky Voter Registration Record Set as May 20 Primary Approaches
    Thursday, May 01, 2014
    More Kentuckians than ever will appear on voter rolls in the Primary Election on May 20. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the total number of registered voters – 3,105,349 – beats the previous record of 3,037,153, set during the 2012 General Election. The difference is an increase of more than 68,000 voters, or 2.2%, over 18 months.
  • In-Person Absentee Voting in May 20, 2014, Primary Election Opening Across Kentucky
    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    In many counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 20, 2014, 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.
  • Louisville Student Among Winners in 25th Annual Secretary of State Slogan Contest
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Last week, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $600 award to Nathan Elfarrah, a student at Beth Haven Christian School in Louisville, for winning second place in her office’s 25th annual Slogan Contest. Elfarrah’s slogan, “If you want a say, vote today,” was chosen by the public in an online poll. He met with Grimes in her office at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
  • Marshall County Student Among Winners in 25th Annual Secretary of State Slogan Contest
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Last week, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $400 award to Benton Middle School seventh grade student Lucas Young for winning third place in her office’s 25th annual Slogan Contest. Young’s slogan, “There’s nothing sweeter than to elect your leader,” was chosen by the public in an online poll. He met with Grimes in her office at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closing at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on April 18, 2014
    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    The Secretary of State's Office will close at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 18, 2014, for Good Friday. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT), on Monday, April 21, 2014.
  • Secretary Grimes and Attorney General Conway Join Together to Preserve Election Integrity
    Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, and Attorney General Jack Conway, the state’s chief law enforcement official, are again joining forces to prevent vote fraud in the May 20 Primary Election. Members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Grimes, met today to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces 25th Annual Slogan Contest Winners
    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Three Kentucky middle school students’ original slogans were chosen by the public to help promote voting in Kentucky in the Secretary of State’s 25th annual Slogan Contest. Evan Chaney, an eighth grader at North Middle School in Henderson County, submitted the winning slogan, “Don’t stay home and think you might. Go vote now, the time is right!” Chaney will receive a $1,000 cash prize for the first-place finish.
  • Deadline to Register to Vote in May 20th Primary Election is April 21, 2014
    Monday, April 07, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 20 Primary Election is Monday, April 21.
  • Absentee Voting in May 20, 2014, Primary Election Begins
    Thursday, April 03, 2014
    Eligible voters may begin casting mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s May 20, 2014, Primary Election. Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include: • Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens • Students who temporarily reside outside the county • Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers) • Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted • Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open • Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness • Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Kentucky's Civic Education Leaders
    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    On March 21, 2014, at the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized 12 Kentucky educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education across the Commonwealth.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes 25th Annual Essay Contest Winners
    Friday, March 21, 2014
    Today, at the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning the 25th annual Essay Contest in their respective grades.
  • Deadline for Independent Candidates to File Statements of Candidacy is April 1, 2014
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Pursuant to KRS 118.365(5) and KRS 118.367, individuals seeking to run as independent, political organization or political group candidates for certain partisan offices must file their Statement-of-Candidacy forms no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 4 p.m. in order to be placed on the ballot for the November general election. There is no fee to file a Statement of Candidacy. Candidates for federal offices and mayor or legislative body of cities of the second to sixth class that conduct partisan elections are exempt from this requirement.
  • Secretary Grimes Helps Induct Inaugural Class of Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    On Wednesday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes greeted and helped honor the inaugural class of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. The organization inducted 27 veterans into the hall of fame in a ceremony in Frankfort.
  • Secretary Grimes Celebrates International Women's Day
    Friday, March 07, 2014
    International Women’s Day is March 8, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging all Kentuckians to observe the occasion by honoring the women and men who have paved the way for greater women’s rights and commit themselves to further progress. Grimes is Kentucky’s 76th Secretary of State and only current female constitutional officer.
  • Secretary Grimes Honored to Welcome First Female Commanding General of Ft. Knox
    Friday, March 07, 2014
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today continued her active support of Kentucky’s men and women in uniform, welcoming Ft. Knox’s first female commanding general, Brigadier General Peggy C. Combs, during a change of command ceremony at the base. Brigadier General Combs replaces Major General Jefforey A. Smith as commanding general at Ft. Knox.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Serve as Precinct Election Officers
    Friday, March 07, 2014
    Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages citizens to take an active role in the May 20 Primary Election by serving as precinct election officers, or poll workers. Approximately 15,000 Kentuckians will be needed to help administer the election.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Opens Online Poll for Slogan Contest
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Students across the Commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 25th annual Essay and Slogan Contest, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting the public to vote for their favorite slogan.
  • 640 Candidates Filed with Secretary of State's Office to Run in May 20 Primary
    Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that 640 candidates filed with her office to run in the May 20 Primary Election. The deadline to file was January 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m., local time at the place of filing.
  • Secretary Grimes Seeks Nominations for Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award
    Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Advocate for Civic Engagement, is seeking nominations for the 2013-2014 Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. The award recognizes teachers, school administrators, legislators and community leaders who have made notable contributions toward promoting or implementing civic learning to prepare students to be active and engaged in their communities.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Candidates Filing Deadline is January 28, 2014
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding potential candidates that they must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m., local time at the place of filing, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in order to be placed on the ballot for the May 20 Primary Election.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Encourages Businesses to File Annual Reports Early
    Monday, January 13, 2014
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is reminding entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky that they must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 1, 2014.
  • More Than 400 Candidates Have Filed for Office Ahead of January 28, 2014, Deadline
    Friday, December 27, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that more than 400 candidates have already filed with her office to run in the 2014 elections. Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot for the May 20 Primary Election must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. local time at the place of filing on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed December 24th, 25th and 31st and January 1st for Holidays
    Monday, December 23, 2013
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Tuesday, December 24th, and Wednesday, December 25th, for the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Thursday, December 26th.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of Deadline to Change Party Affiliation
    Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    Registered voters who want to vote in another party’s May 2014 primary election or attain ballot access in the 2014 regular elections as an independent or member of a different political party must change their registration no later than December 31, 2013.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Vote Totals From December 10 Special Election
    Monday, December 16, 2013
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official and Chair of the State Board of Elections, announced today that the State Board of Elections has certified vote totals from the December 10th Special Elections to fill vacancies in the offices of State Senator, 13th District, and State Representative, 7th District.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Friday, December 13, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections rescheduled its regularly scheduled December 17, 2013, meeting and will conduct a special board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Entrepreneurs to Write Business Plans
    Thursday, December 12, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief business officer, is encouraging entrepreneurs and persons interested in starting a business in Kentucky to participate in National Write a Business Plan Month this December.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of "Do's and Don'ts" for Special Elections
    Friday, December 06, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance of two special elections on December 10, 2013. The special elections are in the 13th Senate District (Fayette County) and 7th House District (Daviess, Henderson and Union Counties).
  • Secretary Grimes Invites Kentuckians to Participate in International Volunteer Day
    Thursday, December 05, 2013
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting Kentuckians to volunteer today in observation of International Volunteer Day. Grimes is the state's chief advocate for civic engagement.
  • Deadline for Essay and Slogan Contests Extended to December 16, 2013
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    In response to requests from around Kentucky, the Secretary of State’s office has extended by two weeks the deadline for its annual essay and slogan contests. The contests are an effort to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections. Entries for both programs must be either postmarked by December 16, 2013, or electronically submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) on that date. To submit electronic entries and for more information, including rules, judging criteria and the essay prompt, visit www.sos.ky.gov/contests.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving Holiday
    Wednesday, November 27, 2013
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Monday, December 2.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Reminds of Opening of 2014 Election Filing Window
    Thursday, November 07, 2013
    Candidates who wish to run for office in Kentucky next year may begin filing, reports Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Seventy candidates filed to run when the filing window for the 2014 election opened yesterday, Nov. 6.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Releases Civic Health Assessment Following Statewide Roundtable Tour
    Wednesday, November 06, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today released the 2013 Kentucky Civic Health Assessment at the annual Kentucky Engagement Conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The assessment follows Grimes' yearlong Civic Health Initiative, a series of 15 data-collecting roundtables held at Kentucky colleges and universities to discuss ways to improve Kentucky's overall civic health.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Announces $2 Million Grant Awarded for Military and Overseas Electronic Ballot Delivery System
    Tuesday, October 08, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today a $2 million grant her office received from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). The monies were awarded as part of the Effective Absentee Systems for Elections 2 (EASE 2) grant program and are funded by the Department of Defense. The $2,241,159 grant – the largest state award from the research program – will fund Kentucky's future electronic ballot delivery system for military and overseas voters.
  • 91 Percent of Entities Filed Annual Reports with Office of Secretary of State
    Thursday, October 03, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, reports 91 percent of the nearly 198,000 entities that were required to file annual reports with her office this year fulfilled the requirement.
  • Secretary Grimes Continues Commitment to Civic Engagement: Announces 25th Annual Essay & Slogan Contest
    Monday, September 30, 2013
    The 25th annual Secretary of State Essay and Slogan Contest is underway, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today. Grimes encourages all eligible students to enter submissions. The contest addresses voter-related issues and its goal is to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in Kentucky's local, state, and federal elections.
  • Grimes Continues Commitment to Fighting Hunger in Kentucky
    Thursday, September 05, 2013
    Today, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, other elected officials, and students in a day of service at God's Pantry Food Bank in Lexington to honor Hunger Action Month. The group will pack several hundred meals for distribution within God's Pantry's service area. Grimes will also present a gubernatorial proclamation officially declaring September Hunger Action Month in Kentucky.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed September 2nd in Observance of Labor Day
    Friday, August 30, 2013
    The Office of the Secretary of State will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen and resume normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, on Tuesday, September 3.
  • Occupational License Tax Forms Now Available On Kentucky Business One Stop
    Thursday, August 29, 2013
    Kentucky businesses may now access online occupational license tax forms through Kentucky’s Business One Stop Portal (“One Stop”), Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today at the fall conference of the Kentucky Occupational License Association. The forms, instructions, and corresponding ordinances are available for each Kentucky jurisdiction that imposes such a tax on net profits or gross receipts.
  • Grimes Celebrates Kentucky Agriculture at State Fair Ham Breakfast
    Thursday, August 22, 2013
    Today, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined elected officials, business and agricultural leaders, and more than a thousand others as she attended the 50th Annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast held at the State Fair in Louisville. Each year at the fair, the breakfast serves as the official kick-off of Kentucky Farm Bureau Day which celebrates Kentucky’s deep roots in agriculture.
  • Grimes Joins In Honoring Military at the Kentucky State Fair
    Monday, August 19, 2013
    Today, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined visitors at the Kentucky State Fair in honoring Kentucky active-duty and veteran military members on Military Monday. She met with numerous active-duty and retired military service members and thanked them for their service to our country and Kentucky.
  • Grimes Continues Support of Kentucky Military
    Friday, July 12, 2013
    This week, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued her active support of Kentucky’s men and women in uniform, participating in a change of command at Fort Knox and addressing National Guard troops preparing to deploy to Kuwait.
  • Deadline to File Annual Reports Passes
    Tuesday, July 09, 2013
    Entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky were required to file annual reports with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 1, 2013. More than 156,500 businesses have satisfied the requirement, but approximately 41,000 have yet to file their reports and are no longer in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office, reports Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed July 4th in Observance of Independence Day
    Wednesday, July 03, 2013
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Friday, July 5.
  • Secretary Grimes Launches Redesigned, Mobile-Friendly Website
    Tuesday, July 02, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launched a redesigned website, http://sos.ky.gov/, today, streamlining the office’s online offerings and making the content mobile-friendly.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Revised UCC Forms
    Thursday, June 27, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is announcing new Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) forms that go into effect on July 1, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections will conduct a special board meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013.
  • Laws Championed by Secretary Grimes Go Into Effect
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Commonwealth’s Chief Business Officer, reminds Kentuckians of several important changes in Kentucky’s business statutes. New business entity laws she championed and that were adopted by the General Assembly during the 2013 Regular Session went into effect on June 25, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Celebrates Kentucky Guard's 221 Years of Service
    Monday, June 24, 2013
    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.
  • Secretary Grimes Continues to Support Veterans' Programs
    Friday, June 21, 2013
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently participated in events to support Kentucky’s veterans. On June 14, 2013, she hosted an exhibit and spoke at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Expo Job Fair in Ashland, and on June 21, 2013, she addressed attendees at the annual Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention in Louisville.
  • Grimes Reminds Businesses of Annual Report Deadline; Warns of Unofficial Solicitation
    Thursday, June 20, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is reminding entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky that they must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 1, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Hosts Boys and Girls State Delegates
    Thursday, June 13, 2013
    During the week of June 10, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes facilitated elections for and welcomed to her office participants in the annual American Legion Kentucky Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Kentucky Girls Programs. The programs, in their 73rd and 67th years, respectively, provide high school students practical education about city and state government by allowing participants to be involved in hypothetical political parties, campaigns, elections and appointments.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Reminds Businesses to File Annual Reports by July 1
    Friday, May 31, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is reminding entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky that they must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 1, 2013.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed May 27 in Observance of Memorial Day
    Thursday, May 23, 2013
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, May 28th.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognized for Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities
    Tuesday, May 14, 2013
    On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes received the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association’s Gerald N. Williams Accessibility award in recognition of her efforts to ensure accessible opportunities for individuals with disabilities to exercise their right to vote. The award is given annually to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated leadership in removing environmental and legal barriers and overcoming discrimination against persons with disabilities.
  • Grimes Presents Award to Northern Middle School Student
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013
    On May 7, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $600 cash prize to Victoria Kelly Brunson, a seventh-grade student at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County, for winning second place in Grimes’ office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • Grimes Gets Public Input on Early Voting
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    On April 30, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes kicked off a statewide series of five town hall meetings to review and recommend improvements to Kentucky’s election laws with a forum at Morgan County High School in West Liberty.
  • Grimes Announces Special Election for State Representative, 56th District
    Friday, April 26, 2013
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced that a special election will be held on June 25, 2013, to fill the vacancy in the office of State Representative, 56th Representative District. The 56th District is comprised of Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin Counties.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Students for Civic Achievements
    Thursday, April 25, 2013
    On April 25, 2013, following the 13th in a statewide series of panel discussions to promote civic engagement in Kentucky, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized teams participating in the Students Transforming Appalachia with Real Solutions (STARS) Challenge and a Harlan County student for their commitment to civic engagement.
  • Grimes Presents Award to Olmsted Academy South Student
    Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $400 cash prize to Tiarra Adkins, a sixth-grade student at Oldham Academy South in Jefferson County, for winning third place in Grimes’ office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • Secretary Grimes' Efforts to Protect Military Voters Signed Into Law
    Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ initiatives to protect military and overseas voters’ voting rights were signed into law on April 5, 2013, followed by a ceremony recognizing the bill’s passage on April 23, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Appoints New Executive Director to Office of Business
    Thursday, April 18, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently appointed Robert M. Haynes as Executive Director of the Office of Business. Haynes will oversee business filings and manage the office’s online business services, issuing and authenticating business records and maintaining UCC finance statements. He will also attend to legislative initiatives related to business entities.
  • Secretary Grimes and Secretary Flanery Announce Business One Stop Personnel
    Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently announced that Noel Caldwell has been named Executive Director of the Kentucky One Stop Business Portal. The Portal was established by the General Assembly in 2010 to provide a single, unified point of entry for business owners and their delegates. Grimes, along with the Finance and Economic Development Cabinets and the Commonwealth Office of Technology, is working to improve and expand the Portal.
  • Grimes Presents Award to Muhlenberg County Middle School Student
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    On April 9, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $1,000 cash prize to Kassidy Cobb, a sixth-grade home school student in Muhlenberg County, for winning first place in Grimes’ office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • Secretary Grimes Advances Kentucky's Economic Development Efforts
    Tuesday, April 09, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is working to advance Kentucky’s economic development efforts by sharing information about Kentucky, its business climate and economic development opportunities in the state as part of a delegation traveling to Asia. Grimes is one of six secretaries of state selected to participate, and the trip is being coordinated and completely funded by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.
  • Secretary Grimes Speaks to Legionnaires Deploying Overseas
    Thursday, March 28, 2013
    On March 27, 2013, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was privileged to speak to members of the Kentucky American Legion Post 121 who are deploying to Africa, where members of the Kentucky National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, are currently serving. The purpose of the mission is to provide support to returning troops, including information regarding benefits, group memberships and other vital services.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Annual Slogan Contest Winners
    Monday, March 25, 2013
    Three middle school students were voted by the public as having coined the best slogans to promote voting in Kentucky. Kassidy Kobb, a sixth-grade home school student in Muhlenberg County, submitted the winning slogan, “Make a choice. Use your voice. Vote!” For her first-place finish, Kobb will receive a $1,000 cash prize, which will be presented to her at the Civic Health Initiative roundtable at Henderson Community and Technical College on April 9th.
  • Grimes' Proposal to Protect Domestic Violence Victims Passed by General Assembly
    Friday, March 08, 2013
    On March 7, 2013, the Senate unanimously passed legislation supported by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ to allow victims of domestic violence to have their information redacted from publicly available voter registration records. The measure was previously approved 93-0 by the House and will now be submitted for the Governor’s signature.
  • Grimes Recognizes Kentucky's Civic Education Leaders
    Friday, March 08, 2013
    Today, at the 2013 PNC/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized nine Kentucky educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education across the Commonwealth.
  • Grimes Recognizes 24th Annual Essay Contest Winners
    Friday, March 08, 2013
    Today, at the 2013 PNC/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning the 24th annual Essay Contest in their respective grades: • Megan Theresa Beischel – 12th Grade (Notre Dame Academy) • Michael John Jarvi – 11th Grade (Christian Academy of Louisville) • Madison Hope Vaughn – 10th Grade (Marshall County High School) • Kelsey Cole – 9th Grade (Magoffin County High School)
  • Grimes Makes Occupational License Tax Forms Available Online
    Thursday, March 07, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that entities doing business in Kentucky can now access online occupational license tax forms for each Kentucky jurisdiction that imposes such a tax.
  • Grimes' Efforts to Prevent Vote Fraud Unanimously Passed by House
    Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    On February 22, 2013, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would adopt Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendation to keep confidential until after Election Day the identities of absentee voters. House Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. Darryl Owens (D-Louisville) helps to maintain the integrity of elections by protecting absentee voters from groups seeking to influence their votes. Sens. Chris Girdler (R-Somerset) and John Schickel (R-Union), a retired law enforcement officer, will carry the bill in the Senate.
  • Secretary Grimes' Fight for Military Voters Heads to House
    Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    Today, the state Senate voted 37-0 to approve Senate Bill 1, which is based on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendations to protect military and overseas citizens’ voting rights.
  • Secretary Grimes Stands Strong for Military Voters
    Thursday, February 21, 2013
    Today, the Senate Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection passed legislation based on Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendations to protect military and overseas citizens’ voting rights. “Today we took a huge step forward and earned a victory for our military and overseas voters, but our work is not done,” said Grimes. “I will continue to fight to fully protect their right to vote.”
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections rescheduled its regularly scheduled February 12, 2013, meeting and will conduct a special board meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Warns Kentucky Businesses of Corporate Records Scam
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Business Officer, is warning Kentucky businesses about a confusing, official-looking “2013 Annual Minutes Form” they may receive from an entity called Corporate Records Service. The form instructs recipients to provide information regarding all shareholders, corporate directors and officers and pay a $125.00 fee.
  • Secretary Grimes Continues Statewide Civic Health Outreach
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is continuing the inaugural Civic Health Initiative, a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky’s universities and colleges to improve Kentucky’s overall civic health, with an event at Murray State University at 10:30, CST, on January 31, 2013. The Murray State roundtable is the fifth of 15 scheduled to occur around the Commonwealth.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Selected to Give Keynote Address at National Voting Summit
    Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    On January 24, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will present a featured keynote address regarding military voting at the Overseas Vote Foundation and United States Vote Foundation’s 7th Annual Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Educates Students About Electoral College
    Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Leading up to the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Commonwealth’s chief advocate for civic engagement, is helping teach Kentucky students about the Electoral College process.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Reminds Businesses to File Annual Reports Early
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, is reminding entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky that they must file an annual report with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 1, 2013.
  • Secretary Grimes Opens Online Poll for Slogan Contest
    Wednesday, January 09, 2013
    Students across the Commonwealth are participating in Kentucky’s 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting the public to vote for their favorite slogan.
  • Grimes Announces Special Election for State Representative, 52nd District
    Wednesday, January 09, 2013
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that a special election will be held on February 12, 2013, to fill the vacancy in the office of State Representative, 52nd Representative District. The 52nd District is comprised of McCreary and Wayne Counties and part of Pulaski County.
  • Secretary of State Grimes' Military Voting Initiative Designated Senate Bill 1
    Monday, January 07, 2013
    At a joint press conference today, Senate President-elect Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) announced that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ recommendations to improve military access to the polls will be designated Senate Bill 1 in the 2013 regular session of the General Assembly. Stivers is sponsoring the bill, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo previously expressed support for Grimes’ initiative.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Vote Totals From 16th Senate District Special Election
    Friday, December 21, 2012
    Today, the State Board of Elections certified vote totals from the December 18th Special Election to fill the vacancy in the office of State Senator, 16th Senatorial District. Republican Sara Beth Gregory received the highest number of votes in the election and was issued a certificate of election.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed December 24th, 25th and 31st and January 1st for Holidays
    Thursday, December 20, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Monday, December 24th, and Tuesday, December 25th, for the Christmas holiday. The office will be open for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Wednesday, December 26th, through Friday, December 28th.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that the State Board of Elections rescheduled its regularly scheduled December 18, 2012, meeting and will conduct a special board meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012.
  • Secretary Grimes to Hold Election Advisory Meetings to Explore Early Voting
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that she will hold Election Advisory meetings throughout the state in 2013 to review and recommend improvements to Kentucky’s election laws. Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official and Chair of the State Board of Elections, has requested the public as well as election administrators, elected officials, political parties, and representatives of voting rights groups join the conversation.
  • Grimes Leads Electors in Voting for President and Vice President of the United States
    Monday, December 17, 2012
    Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State Capitol today to observe Kentucky’s eight Presidential Electors cast their ballots for President and Vice President of the United States.
  • Secretary Grimes Travels Across Kentucky to Improve Civic Health
    Friday, November 30, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently kicked off the inaugural Civic Health Initiative, a statewide series of roundtable discussions at Kentucky’s universities and colleges to improve Kentucky’s overall civic health.
  • Secretary Grimes to Moderate Panel at Governmental Ethics Conference
    Friday, November 30, 2012
    On December 3, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will conduct a workshop on civic and democratic engagement at the 34th Annual Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed November 22nd and 23rd for Thanksgiving Holiday
    Wednesday, November 21, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Thursday, November 22nd, and Friday, November 23rd, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Monday, November 26th.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Vote Totals from November 6th Election
    Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Essay and Slogan Contest Deadline is December 1st
    Friday, November 16, 2012
    Only two weeks remain for students to submit entries for the 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging all eligible students to participate. The Contest addresses election-related issues and is intended to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections.
  • Grimes Announces Record Participation in Student Mock Election Program
    Thursday, November 15, 2012
    Students across the Commonwealth set a new record for participation in the Kentucky Student Mock Election program sponsored by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Approximately 160,000 Kentucky students from hundreds of schools cast votes for President and U.S. Representative.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Candidates of Filing Deadline
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding individuals interested in running in the December 18, 2012, special election to fill the vacancy in 16th State Senate District that they must file the appropriate paperwork with her office no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed November 12th in Observance of Veterans Day
    Friday, November 09, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Monday, November 12th, in observance of Veterans Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, November 13th.
  • Grimes Announces Special Election for State Senate, 16th District
    Friday, November 09, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that a special election will be held on December 18, 2012, to fill the vacancy in the office of State Senator, 16th Senatorial District.
  • Secretary Grimes Reports State Board Received 135 Election Inquiries
    Wednesday, November 07, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as Chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, closely monitored compliance with the Commonwealth’s election laws throughout voting in the November 6, 2012, General Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Continues to Monitor Election Complaints
    Tuesday, November 06, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as Chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, is continuing to closely monitor compliance with the Commonwealth’s election laws.
  • Secretary Grimes Assesses Complaints to Ensure Election Integrity
    Tuesday, November 06, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as Chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, is closely monitoring compliance with the Commonwealth’s election laws.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Friday, November 02, 2012
    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 November 6, 2012, and it will conduct a special board meeting at 1:00 p.m., EST, on that date.
  • Secretary Grimes Advises Voters of "Do's and Don'ts" for Election
    Thursday, November 01, 2012
    With only days left before the November 6, 2012, General Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help avoid surprises and ensure a smooth trip to the polls. “Every election matters, and every vote counts,” said Grimes. “I hope providing this information will prepare voters and encourage them to make their voices heard.”
  • Secretary Grimes Predicts Record Number of Votes Will be Cast
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts a record number of voters will cast ballots in the November 6th General Election, with statewide voter turnout likely between 62 and 64 percent. “Voters have many important decisions to make on Election Day,” said Grimes. “I urge all eligible Kentuckians to be a part of the process and make their voices heard.”
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of Races on Ballot
    Monday, October 29, 2012
    The November 6, 2012, General Election is just over one week away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging voters to educate themselves about the candidates and issues they will see on their ballots. “Voting is a cherished right,” said Grimes, “but it is also a responsibility. I hope voters will take that responsibility seriously and make informed choices on Election Day.”
  • Grimes Urges Voters to Prepare for General Election
    Friday, October 26, 2012
    The General Election is less than two weeks 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 November 6th.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Online Resources Available to Voters
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages Kentucky voters to take advantage of online services available to help them prepare for the November 6, 2012, General Election. Through the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov, citizens can verify their polling place, check the races in which they are eligible to vote, and research candidates.
  • Secretary Grimes Expands Efforts to Protect Election Integrity
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, is rallying forces to prevent vote fraud in the November 6th General Election. Today, members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Grimes, met in the State Capitol to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election. As part of Grimes’ initiative to broaden the approach to combating election fraud, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who is confronting similar issues in her state, also attended the meeting.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Write-In Candidates of Filing Deadline
    Friday, October 19, 2012
    The deadline to file to be a write-in candidate in the November 6, 2012, General Election is October 26, 2012, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding interested individuals to turn in their paperwork and filing fee to the appropriate filing officer.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces New Voter Registration Record Ahead of General Election
    Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Kentuckians have again broken the record for voter registration, adding 57,145 voters to the rolls since the previous record was set before the May 2012 Primary Election. According to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a total of 3,037,153 Kentuckians are eligible to head to the polls on November 6, 2012.
  • Secretary Grimes Urges Kentuckians to Vote in Honor of Veterans
    Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky residents to take advantage of her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program to show respect for the men and women who risk their lives to protect the right to vote.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Voters of Absentee Voting Procedures
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Many Kentuckians are already casting their ballots in the November 6, 2012, General Election, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding eligible individuals of the rules regarding absentee voting in the Commonwealth.
  • Secretary Grimes Works With Teens to Start Businesses
    Friday, October 05, 2012
    Recently, two Kentucky teenagers registered their businesses with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes walked them through the process and congratulated the entrepreneurs and their proud parents for their hard work and determination.
  • Secretary Grimes Invites Schools to Participate in Student Mock Election Program
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is inviting schools and teachers across the Commonwealth to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program. The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is October 31, 2012. Voting begins on October 25, 2012, and the statewide mock election will be held on November 1, 2012.
  • Secretary Grimes Encourages Students to Participate in Essay and Slogan Contest
    Monday, October 01, 2012
    The 24th annual Essay and Slogan Contest is underway, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging all eligible students to enter submissions. The Contest addresses election-related issues and is intended to expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections.
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, KET Join the 'Our Voice. Our Future.' VP Debate Event at Centre College
    Friday, September 28, 2012
    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Renee Shaw of Kentucky Educational Television (KET) have joined the Global Center for Connected Campuses (GC3) as participants in the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate “Our Voice. Our Future.” event. The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and KET have signed on as promotional sponsors to reach educational networks and help grow the number of school participants in this online town hall.
  • More Than 91 Percent of Entities Filed Annual Reports with Secretary of State's Office
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    According to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, of the nearly 192,000 entities that were required to file annual reports with her office this year, more than 91 percent fulfilled the requirement.
  • Secretary Grimes Participates in and Encourages National Voter Registration Day Activities
    Tuesday, September 25, 2012
    September 25, 2012, is National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all Kentuckians to take the necessary steps to ensure their voices are heard in the November 6, 2012, General Election.
  • Secretary Grimes Reports Absentee Ballots Are on Their Way to Military Voters
    Monday, September 24, 2012
    The November 6, 2012, General Election is only six weeks away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reports that Kentucky’s county clerks started sending absentee ballots to military and other eligible voters last week.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Backs Military Returning Ballots Via Email
    Wednesday, September 19, 2012
    Following her Middle East military voting trip, on September 19, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released her Military Matters: Protecting the Rights of Those Who Protect Us assessment with recommendations for improving military members’ access to the polls. One of Grimes’ priorities is allowing military voters to return executed ballots via email. Senate President David Williams announced that Grimes’ initiatives will be Senate Bill 1 in 2013, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo assured that each of Secretary Grimes’ proposals will be well-received by the General Assembly.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Reviews Middle East Trip With Kentucky's Military Leaders
    Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    After returning home from the Middle East, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued her assessment of military voting procedures, meeting with the Commanding Generals and Army leadership at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell on Monday, September 17, 2012.
  • Kentucky Youth Advocates, Bellarmine University, Every Child Matters, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Release Lesson Guide for Upcoming Vice Presidential Debate in Danville
    Friday, September 07, 2012
    The nation will turn its attention to Center College in Danville, Kentucky, on October 11, 2012, for this election’s only Vice Presidential debate. Kentucky Youth Advocates, Bellarmine University, Every Child Matters, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are coming together to spotlight the needs of Kentucky children and bring the issues to classrooms across the Commonwealth with the “2012 Election: Debate Curriculum Daily Lesson Guide.”
  • Secretary Grimes Speaks to Deploying Troops
    Friday, August 31, 2012
    On August 31, 2012, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was privileged to speak on behalf of the Commonwealth to soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, who are preparing deploy to Africa for nine months. The soldiers – 565 Kentucky National Guard members – and their families and friends were on-hand for the ceremony at the Frankfort Convention Center.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed September 3rd in Observance of Labor Day
    Friday, August 31, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Monday, September 3rd, in observance of Labor Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Tuesday, September 4th.
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Announces Special Election for U.S. Representative, 4th District
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that a special election will be held on November 6, 2012, to fill the vacancy in United States Representative in Congress, Fourth Congressional District.
  • Secretary Grimes Gets Order to Protect Military and Overseas Voters
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012
    Two weeks after Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court to ensure that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to receive, fill out, and return absentee ballots in special elections, Judge Phillip J. Shepherd entered an order that will accomplish that goal.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Businesses to File Annual Reports by September 10, 2012
    Monday, August 27, 2012
    Entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky were required to file annual reports with the Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 2, 2012. Entities that missed the deadline were notified that they were no longer in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office and allowed through September 9, 2012, to remedy the delinquency before being administratively dissolved or having their certificates of authority revoked. Because September 9, 2012, falls on a Sunday, entities may file their annual reports through Monday, September 10, 2012.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Vacancies in Candidacy
    Monday, August 13, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, is notifying individuals interested in running for office of vacancies in candidacy for two elections that will appear on the ballot in the November 6, 2012, General Election.
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Files Lawsuit to Protect Rights of Military and Overseas Voters
    Friday, August 10, 2012
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court to protect the rights of uniformed service and overseas voters to vote in special elections in the Commonwealth. Grimes is seeking judicial relief to allow sufficient time for those voters to receive, fill out, and return absentee ballots.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Announces Upcoming Candidate Filing Deadlines
    Tuesday, August 07, 2012
    August 14, 2012, is the deadline for independent, political organization, and political group candidates running for most offices, with the exception of President and Vice President and certain unexpired terms, to file their petitions of nomination and pay the filing fee. The paperwork must be received by the filing official by 4 p.m. prevailing local time.
  • Secretary Grimes Continues Tornado Relief Efforts
    Thursday, August 02, 2012
    After the March 2nd tornadoes that devastated much of Eastern Kentucky severely damaged Magoffin County’s new elementary school, students were moved to the old Salyersville Grade School. On Friday July 27, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined efforts to renovate the old elementary school building and make it feel new in preparation for the upcoming school year.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Special Election for State Senate, 19th District
    Friday, July 27, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that a special election will be held on November 6, 2012, to fill the vacant seat in the State Senate, 19th Senatorial District. The 19th District is located in Jefferson County.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Selected to Participate in Overseas Voting Initiative
    Thursday, July 26, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, is working with military personnel in Kentucky and abroad to ensure that military men and women have equal access to the polls.
  • Secretary Grimes Tours Local Businesses
    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
    On July 19, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes spent time with three businesses to learn more about their operations and contributions to their communities and the state. Grimes met with managers of Coca-Cola Refreshments and G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc., both members of the Kentucky Beverage Association, and Global Environmental Services, LLC, a Kentucky company that provides electronic recycling services.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Monday, July 23, 2012
    Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, Alison Lundergan Grimes, announced today that the State Board of Elections rescheduled its regularly scheduled July 17, 2012, meeting and will conduct a special board meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
  • Secretary Grimes Reminds Kentuckians of New Business Entity Laws
    Tuesday, July 17, 2012
    Laws adopted by the General Assembly during the 2012 Regular Session went into effect on July 12, 2012, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians of several important changes in Kentucky’s business statutes.
  • Secretary Grimes Helps 105-Year Old Register to Vote
    Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Margaret Harris hasn’t voted in an election in 84 years, but with the help of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mercer County Clerk Chris Horn, on July 6, 2012, the 105-year old registered to vote, making her eligible to participate in the November 2012 Presidential election.
  • Secretary Grimes Participates in Kentucky Boys and Girls State Programs
    Friday, July 06, 2012
    During the weeks of June 11 and 18, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes addressed and hosted participants in the annual American Legion Auxiliary Kentucky Girls and American Legion Kentucky Boys State Programs. The programs, in their 66th and 72nd years, respectively, provide high school students practical education about city and state government by allowing participants to be involved in hypothetical political parties, campaigns, elections and appointments.
  • Deadline for Businesses to File Annual Reports Passes
    Thursday, July 05, 2012
    Entities authorized to transact business in Kentucky were required to file annual reports with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office and pay a $15 filing fee no later than July 2, 2012. More than 155,000 businesses satisfied the requirement, but nearly 37,000 failed to file their reports by the deadline and are no longer in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office, reports Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
  • Secretary of State's Office Closed July 4th in Observance of Independence Day
    Monday, July 02, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST, on Thursday, July 5.
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Reminds Businesses to File Annual Reports By July 2 and Extends Office Hours on July 2 to Accept Filings
    Friday, June 29, 2012
  • Grimes' Grandmother, Thelma Lundergan McHugh, Passes Away at Age 92
    Thursday, June 21, 2012
    With a great sense of sadness, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is informing Kentuckians that her paternal grandmother, Thelma Lundergan McHugh, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2012, at her home in Jessamine County, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and loved ones. “My grandmother instilled in me the confidence that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to and taught me by example the importance of being involved in my community, ” reflected Grimes.
  • Secretary Grimes Announces Special Election for State Representative, 2nd District
    Wednesday, June 20, 2012
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that a special election will be held on November 6, 2012, to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives, 2nd Representative District. The 2nd Representative District is comprised of Graves County and part of McCracken County.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Vote Totals from Primary Election
    Thursday, June 07, 2012
    Today, the State Board of Elections certified vote totals from the May 22nd Primary Election and issued certificates of nomination to candidates who received the highest number of votes in the Primary. Detailed results from the election are available at www.elect.ky.gov.
  • SECRETARY GRIMES ANNOUNCES STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SPECIAL MEETING
    Wednesday, June 06, 2012
  • Secretary Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Friday, May 18, 2012
    Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, 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. on May 22, 2012, and it will conduct a special board meeting at 1:00 p.m. on that date.
  • Grimes Advises Voters of "Do's and Don'ts" for Primary Election
    Friday, May 18, 2012
    With only days left before the May 22, 2012, Primary Election in Kentucky, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help avoid surprises and ensure a smooth trip to the polls on Election Day. “Every election matters, and every vote counts,” said Grimes. “I hope providing this information to voters will prepare and encourage them to participate in this election and future elections.”
  • Grimes Predicts Low Voter Turnout; Encourages Voters to Make Voices Heard
    Thursday, May 17, 2012
    With fewer than half of the federal and state legislative offices on the ballot in 2012 having primaries, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts statewide voter turnout in the May 22nd Primary Election will be between 10 and 12 percent. “Comparing current absentee voting statistics to information from past presidential election years in which an incumbent has been seeking a second term, it appears turnout will be slightly lower this year,” said Grimes. “But I will continue to use my best efforts to encourage all eligible Kentuckians to exercise the right and fulfill their responsibility to vote, and I hope turnout is actually higher.”
  • Grimes Reminds Voters of Races on Primary Ballot
    Wednesday, May 16, 2012
    With Primary Election Day less than one week away, Secretary of State and Chief Election Official Alison Lundergan Grimes urges voters to educate themselves about the candidates for whom they are eligible to vote. “Voting is a responsibility all Kentuckians should take seriously,” said Grimes. “I encourage voters to educate themselves about the candidates and make informed choices on May 22nd.”
  • Grimes Urges Voters to Prepare for Primary Election
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012
    Primary Election Day in Kentucky is one week away, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Secretary of State and the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official, encourages all registered voters to cast their ballots on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Grimes is also reminding voters to plan ahead for visiting their polling places.
  • Secretary Grimes Recognizes Organizers of Tornado-Relief Book Drive
    Monday, May 14, 2012
    On May 9, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized Rockcastle County High School student McKinzii Todd and FRYSC/AmeriCorps volunteer Johnna Abney for coordinating a book drive to benefit West Liberty in the wake of the March 2 tornadoes that devastated the Eastern Kentucky town. At the Rockcastle UNITE Coalition’s monthly Board meeting, Grimes honored Todd with a commission as a Commonwealth’s Ambassador and named Abney a Kentucky Colonel. The school’s social studies classes and many members of the UNITE Club and Student YMCA were also on-hand to show their appreciation for Todd and Abney’s selfless contribution to the tornado relief effort.
  • Online Resources Available to Voters
    Monday, May 14, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages Kentucky voters to take advantage of online services available to help them prepare for the May 22nd Primary Election. Through the State Board of Elections' website, citizens can verify their polling place and the races in which they are eligible to vote. Candidate information is available on the Secretary of State’s website.
  • Northern Middle School Student Receives Award for Voting Slogan
    Thursday, May 10, 2012
    On May 9, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $500 cash award to Mackenzie Brunson, a sixth-grader at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County, for winning first place in Grimes’ office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • New Voter Registration Record Set
    Wednesday, May 09, 2012
    More Kentuckians than ever will appear on the voter rolls in the May 22nd Primary Election, announces Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The total number of registered voters – 2,980,009 – beats the previous record of 2,944,603, set during the 2011 General Election, by more than 35,000 voters. There has been an increase of more than 100,000 registered voters since the last Presidential Preference Primary, in 2008, at which time 2,857,231 citizens were registered.
  • Conway and Grimes Combine Forces to Protect Election Integrity
    Tuesday, May 08, 2012
    Attorney General Jack Conway, the state’s chief law enforcement official, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official, are joining forces to prevent vote fraud in the May 22nd Primary Election. Today, members of the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, headed by Conway and Grimes, met in the State Capitol to coordinate efforts to protect the integrity of the election. Because there are federal races on the ballot, General Conway and Secretary Grimes are proud to have the United States Attorney’s offices in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as members of the task force.
  • Precinct Election Officers Needed Across the State
    Tuesday, May 01, 2012
    Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages citizens to take an active role in the May 22 Primary Election by signing up to serve as precinct election officers, or poll workers. “Serving the Commonwealth as a precinct election officer is both valuable to the election process and personally rewarding,” said Grimes. “Precinct officers make our democratic system work, and this is an excellent opportunity to participate in shaping the future of your community and state.”
  • Secretary of State Encourages Kentuckians to Honor Veterans
    Thursday, April 26, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging Kentucky residents to take advantage of special opportunities to honor our nation’s veterans. “Remembering and paying tribute to those who risk their lives to protect us is important,” said Grimes, the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official and chief advocate for civic engagement. “We must strive every day to repay the great debt of gratitude we owe them.”
  • Absentee Voting for Primary Election is Open
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    Through provisions in Kentucky law that permit certain voters to cast absentee ballots prior to Election Day, voters across Kentucky are already heading to the polls, either in person or by mail.
  • Union County Middle School Student Receives Award for Voting Slogan
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    On April 20, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $200 cash award to Melody Decker, an eighth-grader at Union County Middle School in Morganfield, for winning third place in Grimes’ office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • Benton Middle School Student Receives Award for Voting Slogan
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    On April 20, 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented a $300 cash award to Tyler Lawrence, a seventh-grader at Benton Middle School in Marshall County, for winning second place in her office’s annual slogan contest. The slogan contest was created in 1988 to inspire students to be active and informed citizens, with particular emphasis on election-related issues.
  • Secretary of State to Establish Mobile Field Office in Eastern Kentucky
    Thursday, April 19, 2012
    During the week of April 23, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and members of her business filings and elections staff will operate a mobile field office in counties affected by the March 2 tornado outbreak. Last month Grimes, along with Maryellen Allen, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, and Noel Caldwell, Director of Business Filings, traveled to the area to deliver donated supplies and meet with county officials and business owners. During the extended return trip, Grimes will set up a mobile field office in Morgan and Magoffin counties, which will provide on-site business services and election information.
  • Voter Registration Deadline Approaching
    Friday, March 30, 2012
    The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 22 Primary is Monday, April 23. County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23.
  • Press Release: Grimes-Backed Election Bill, The Dewayne Bunch Act, Signed Into Law
    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    Today, Governor Steve Beshear signed into law House Bill 293, the Dewayne Bunch Act. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the state’s Chief Election Official and Chair of the State Board of Elections, advocated in favor of the Act, which saves Kentucky taxpayers money with respect to special elections in which only one candidate seeks office. Rep. Darryl T. Owens, Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, sponsored the bill, and both the House and Senate unanimously approved it.
  • Deadline for Independent Candidates to File is April 2, 2012
    Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    Pursuant to KRS 118.365(5) and KRS 118.367, individuals seeking to run as an independent, political organization or political group candidate for certain partisan offices must file their Statement-of-Candidacy forms no later than Monday, April 2, 2012, at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) in order to be placed on the ballot for the November general election. There is no fee to file a Statement of Candidacy. Candidates for federal offices, nonpartisan offices, and partisan city offices of cities of the second to sixth classes are exempt from this requirement.
  • Middle School Students Coin Voting Slogans
    Friday, March 23, 2012
    Three middle school students were voted by the public as having coined the best slogans to promote voting in Kentucky. Mackenzie F. Brunson, a sixth-grade student at Northern Middle School in Pulaski County garnered nearly 75% of the votes for her winning slogan, “Voting! Kentucky’s fuel of democracy.” Brunson will receive a $500 cash prize for her first-place finish. Second place and a $300 award went to Tyler Lawrence, a seventh-grader at Benton Middle School in Marshall County, for the slogan, “Drop the remote, put on your coat and go vote!” Melody Decker, who is in the eighth grade at Union County Middle School in Morganfield, won third place and a $200 prize for her submission: “You determine Kentucky’s future, make the right choice. Vote!”
  • Secretary of State Announces Winners of Annual Essay Contest
    Monday, March 19, 2012
    On Friday, March 16, 2012, at the 2012 PNC/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning the 22nd annual Essay Contest in their respective grades: • Matthew Stephen Smith – 12th Grade (Estill County High School) • Kaylee Robin Hicks – 11th Grade (Woodford County High School) • William Haydon – 10th Grade (Montgomery County High School) • William Eliot Smith – 9th Grade (Henry Clay High School)
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Visits Counties Affected by Tornadoes
    Friday, March 09, 2012
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is traveling to counties in Eastern Kentucky that were affected by severe weather on March 1. Maryellen Allen, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, and Noel Caldwell, Director of Business Filings, are accompanying Grimes. In addition to delivering supplies donated by the Secretary of State, State Board of Elections, and Kentucky Registry of Election finance staff members and assisting with relief work, the group is meeting with county clerks and business owners and visiting local schools to assess damage and formulate a plan to help in the long-term recovery.
  • House of Representatives Passes Bill Permitting New Generation Cooperations
    Monday, March 05, 2012
    Last week, following testimony by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official; Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer; co-sponsors Rep. Mike Denham and Rep. John Tilley; and attorney Tom Rutledge, the House Committee on Agriculture and Small Business passed unanimously House Bill 441, which would enact the Kentucky Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act. Today, the House of Representatives also overwhelmingly passed the bill in a 92-2 vote.
  • Secretary of State Grimes Releases Kentucky's First Report on Civic Health
    Thursday, March 01, 2012
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released the 2011 Kentucky Civic Health Index, a report that measures Kentucky’s overall civic health. The Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University, in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and with support from the Secretary of State’s office, the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, and Kentucky Advocates for Civic Education, prepared the report based on U.S. Census Current Population Survey data.
  • Secretary of State Announces Proposed Business Organizations Legislation
    Tuesday, February 28, 2012
    On Friday, February 24, 2012, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed, in a 94-0 vote, House Bill 341, “An Act Relating to Business Organizations.” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official; Rep. Thomas Kerr; and attorney Tom Rutledge previously testified regarding the bill before the House Standing Committee on Judiciary on February 22, 2012, at which time the Committee unanimously passed the bill to the House for its full consideration.
  • House of Representatives Passes Bill Standardizing Occupational License Tax Filings
    Monday, February 27, 2012
    Last week, following testimony by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Business Official, and former Speaker of the House Jody Richards, the House Standing Committee on Local Government passed unanimously House Bill 277, An Act relating to local occupational license tax forms. Today, the House of Representatives also passed the bill.
  • Secretary of State to Certify Candidates on Monday, February 27, 2012
    Friday, February 24, 2012
    Today, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed the Franklin Circuit Court’s order that state legislative races for the 2012 election cycle shall be conducted pursuant to the boundaries that were in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1. The Court reiterated that the filing deadline for candidates for state Senator and state Representative was February 10, 2012.
  • Secretary of State Addresses Students at Senior Student Government Day
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes addressed seniors from Murray High School and Calloway County High School at the annual Senior Student Government Day, the culmination of a program designed to increase participation in the election process.
  • Congressional Candidate Filing Deadline is February 17, 2012
    Monday, February 13, 2012
    On Friday, February 10, 2012, the General Assembly passed and Governor Steve Beshear signed into law House Bill 302, which redefines the boundaries for congressional districts in Kentucky. The bill provides that the deadline for congressional candidates to file their nomination papers for the 2012 primary is February 17, 2012, at 4 p.m.
  • Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes Announces State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Friday, February 10, 2012
    The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Chief Elections Official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, announced today that the State Board of Elections will conduct a special board meeting on February 14, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.
  • Filing Deadline for Candidates for State Senator and State Representative Extended to February 10, 2012, at 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, February 07, 2012
    Today, the Franklin Circuit Court, Hon. Phillip Shepherd, entered a temporary injunction enjoining the Secretary of State from implementing the districts for the Kentucky Senate and Kentucky House of Representatives set forth in House Bill 1, enacted by the 2012 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear on January 20, 2012.
  • Secretary of State Opens Online Poll for Slogan Contest
    Thursday, February 02, 2012
    Students across the Commonwealth are participating in the Office of the Secretary of State Voter Slogan and Essay Contest. The Secretary of State’s office has narrowed the field of slogan entries to 20 finalists and invites the general public to vote for their favorite. Slogans are judged on how well they attract attention and express the importance of participating in elections. Please take the time to cast your vote at www.sos.ky.gov/sloganpoll. The poll will remain open through 2 p.m. on February 28, 2012.
  • Secretary of State to Accept Filings from Candidates for State Senator and State Representative Until February 7, 2012
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Today, the Franklin Circuit Court, Hon. Phillip Shepherd, entered a restraining order pursuant to Kentucky Rule of Civil Procedure 65.03 restraining and enjoining the Secretary of State from implementing the January 31, 2012, candidate filing deadline with respect to candidates for state Senator and state Representative. The restraining order remains in effect until February 7, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise extended by the Court. Accordingly, the Secretary of State will continue to accept nomination papers from candidates for state Senator and state Representative until that time.
  • Congressional Candidate Filing Deadline Extended to February 7, 2012
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    Yesterday, the General Assembly passed and Governor Steve Beshear signed into law House Bill 2, which extends the deadline for congressional candidates to file their nomination papers to 4 p.m. on February 7, 2012. The law does not extend the filing deadline for any other offices.
  • Secretary of State Announces Proposed Legislation to Decrease Costs in Special Elections
    Thursday, January 26, 2012
    Today, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Rep. Darryl T. Owens, Chairman of the Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, announced legislation to save Kentucky taxpayers money with respect to special elections in which only one candidate seeks office.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline is January 31, 2012
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Candidates who wish to be placed on the ballot for the May primary election must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 31, 2012.
  • Deadline for Essay and Slogan Contests Extended to January 23, 2012
    Thursday, January 19, 2012
    In response to requests from around Kentucky, the Secretary of State’s office has extended by eight days the deadline for its annual essay and slogan contests, which expand civic awareness of students who will soon be eligible to vote in local, state and national elections. Entries for both programs must be either postmarked by January 23, 2012, or electronically submitted to matthew.daley@ky.gov by 5 p.m. (EST) on that date.
  • DEADLINE FOR ESSAY AND SLOGAN CONTESTS IS JANUARY 15, 2012
    Friday, January 13, 2012
    The Secretary of State’s office has started receiving entries for the annual essay contest for students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and slogan contest for students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
  • Secretary of State Certifies Candidates for 53rd House Legislative District Special Election
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012
    Yesterday, January 10, 2012, was the final day for any political party, independent or political group to file a petition or certificate of nomination with respect to the special election in Kentucky’s 53rd house legislative district to fill the unexpired term of former state representative James R. Comer.
  • Secretary of State Appoints Communications Staff
    Monday, January 09, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has appointed Lexington native Lynn Sowards Zellen to serve as Director of Communications. As Director of Communications, Zellen will coordinate all internal and external communications, respond to media inquiries, and serve as a spokesperson and media contact for the Secretary. Zellen will also devote attention to legislative initiatives related to the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Chief Elections Officer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Announces Notice of State Board of Elections Special Meeting
    Thursday, January 05, 2012
    The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Chief Elections officer, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, announced today that the State Board of Elections will conduct a special board meeting on January 10, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
  • Secretary of State Announces Special Election for State Representative, 53rd House District
    Wednesday, January 04, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced today that a Special Election will be held on February 7, 2012, to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives, 53rd House District, previously held by the Hon. James R. Comer.
  • Secretary of State Appoints Mary Sue Helm Director of Administration and Elections
    Tuesday, January 03, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she has appointed Mary Sue Helm to serve as the office’s Director of Administration and Elections.
  • Secretary of State Announces Executive Staff Appointments
    Tuesday, January 03, 2012
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes officially took the oath of office on January 2, 2012, as the 76th Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today, Secretary Grimes announces her executive staff.
  • Annual Essay/Slogan Contest Includes More Creative Options; Higher High School Level Awards
    Friday, October 28, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker has kicked the annual essay and slogan contest executed by her office up a notch for students who enter for 2012. Implemented by a law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1988, the contest is designed to emphasize the importance of citizen participation, the influence of an informed electorate on elections and to offset the wane of civics education instruction at the time in Kentucky schools.
  • Secretary of State Elaine Walker Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Prognosis Positive
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    Noting the timing of October’s designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Kentucky, Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker today shared that she was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month.
  • Secretary of State Elaine Walker Presents Vote in Honor of Veteran Signatures to Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
    Tuesday, September 27, 2011
    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker today presented a book of about 2,000 signatures from people who intend to vote on November 8 in honor of a veteran, to Ken Lucas, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington. The signatures were collected from visitors to the Secretary of State’s booth at the Kentucky State Fair in August but the special book was bound to allow room for additions from KDVA.
  • Vote in Honor of a Veteran presentation
    Monday, September 26, 2011
    Presentation, Vote in Honor of a Veteran
  • Middle and High School Students Win Cash for Entries in Annual Contest
    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
    Summer vacation for Kentucky students winds down in a few more weeks and seven Kentucky students head back to the2011-2012 year with cash prizes in their pockets for creativity and writing skills.
  • Tick Tock: June 30 Deadline for Kentucky Business
    Thursday, June 16, 2011
    Deadline fast approaches for all businesses entities in Kentucky to file their 2011 annual reports with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office. All for-profit and nonprofit corporations that do business in Kentucky are required to file current reports no later than 4:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 30th.
  • Secretary Walker reminds voters of "Dos and Don'ts" for upcoming election
    Wednesday, May 11, 2011
    Just days before the May 17, 2011 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker released an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. The list is designed to help voters understand Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.
  • Voter registration sets all time record; voter participation in upcoming primary election expected to be low
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011
    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced record-setting voter registration today at the press conference held in the State Reception Room at the Capitol Building. Previous voter-registration records, set during the General Election in 2008, were surpassed this spring with an increase of 11,028 voters, bringing the Commonwealth’s registration numbers to 2,917,837 voters.
  • Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Election
    Monday, May 09, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Primary Election Day, May 17, 2011 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Governor Beshear and Secretary Walker celebrate creation of a business one stop
    Monday, May 02, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker was pleased to join Governor Steve Beshear for the signing of Senate Bill 8, which will lead to the development of a complete business one stop. A one stop electronic portal will give businesses a direct link to all state agencies within the Commonwealth in one, simple to use online location. Both Governor Beshear and Secretary Walker made this legislation a cornerstone of their legislative agendas in their efforts to improve the state’s business climate and promote economic development.
  • Kentuckians can 'Vote in Honor of a Veteran'
    Thursday, April 28, 2011
    Thousands of Kentuckians will be “voting in honor of a veteran” this spring, and there is still time for individuals to sign up to participate in the program before the May 17, 2011 primary election. The Vote in Honor of a Veteran program is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Elaine Walker.
  • Secretary Walker casts absentee ballot, urges qualifying voters to do the same
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker cast her absentee ballot today and reminded voters that many are eligible to do the same. As the Chief Election Officer for the Commonwealth and Chair of the State Board of Elections, Secretary Walker will be out of Warren County on Election Day. Many other voters across the state qualify for absentee or in person absentee voting, as well.
  • Online resources available to voters
    Monday, April 25, 2011
    Kentucky voters have access to a number of online services that allow voters to prepare for the upcoming primary election. Citizens can check their voter registration, find driving directions to their polling location and preview their ballots – all by visiting the Vote Kentucky website at www.vote.ky.gov. This online service was created by the Office of the Secretary of State with support from the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
  • Absentee Voting is Open for the Primary Election
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011
    Voters across Kentucky are already casting ballots for this year’s May 17th primary election. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 17, 2011 primary election.
  • Secretary Walker speaks on improving government efficiency and services
    Tuesday, April 19, 2011
    Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine N. Walker took part in today’s government digital summit, speaking on the importance of enhancing constituent services and improving government efficiency through increased use of information technology.
  • Deadline to register to vote approaching: citizens wishing to vote in the May 17th Primary have one week left to register to vote
    Monday, April 11, 2011
    Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 17, 2011 primary election only have a few more days to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 18, 2011. County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day. A postmark of April 18th is also required for all mail-in voter registration applications. Registration cards can be obtained online at www.vote.ky.gov/register.
  • Two candidates file statement of candidacy
    Monday, April 04, 2011
    Two candidates filed statement of candidacy forms to run for political office as either and independent or political group candidate. Gatewood Galbraith filed his statement of candidacy form seeking the office of Governor as an independent candidate. Dea Riley is listed as his running mate. Kenneth C. Moellman, Jr. filed as a Libertarian Party for the office of State Treasurer.
  • Secretary Walker announces complete implementation of Fast Track Business Filings
    Thursday, March 31, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced the complete implementation of Fast Track Business Filings in the Secretary of State’s office. The Fast Track Business Filings service streamlines the process for businesses to register with the Commonwealth.
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    The deadline is approaching for candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate in a partisan office to file their Statement-of-Candidacy form. In order to be placed on the ballot for the November 8th general election, the appropriate filing paperwork must be received by the Secretary of State’s office by Friday, April 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. The Statement-of-Candidacy form for independent candidates is required by KRS 118.365(5) which was enacted by the 2003 General Assembly.
  • Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker awarded the 2nd annual Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award to Merritt Robinson and 14 regional outstanding civics educators today at the KHSAA Sweet 16 Tournament. The honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the classroom by promoting and strengthening civic education and by providing students the opportunity to be active engaged citizens in their communities.
  • House unanimously passes Secretary Walker's top legislative priority
    Thursday, March 03, 2011
    Secretary Walker commends the unanimous House passage of Senate Bill 8, which will lead to the creation of a One Stop Business Portal for Kentucky. A One Stop electronic portal will give businesses a direct link to all state agencies within the Commonwealth in one, simple to use online location.
  • One Stop Business Plan (SB 8) Unanimously Passes House Committee on Economic Development
    Thursday, February 24, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker applauds the unanimous passing of Senate Bill 8, a one stop business plan, from the House Committee on Economic Development. Under One-Stop, a prospective business will be able to log onto the State’s dedicated business site, register their business or file their annual report, register with the Finance cabinet, pay their taxes, sign up for unemployment insurance and ultimately acquire their professional board’s license.
  • Secretary of State Elaine Walker Announces Initiatives and Priorities
    Friday, February 18, 2011
    Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced the top priorities of the Secretary of State’s office. Chief among these was that the office serve the citizens of Kentucky with the utmost integrity, foster economic development and protect the election process. Walker stated “as a small business owner and a former Mayor, I understand what it takes to create jobs in this state, we need to roll up our sleeves, put partisan bickering aside and get this legislation passed to allow small businesses in the state to prosper and make it easier to attract new businesses to Kentucky.”
  • Walker Sworn in as Secretary of State
    Friday, February 18, 2011
    Governor Steve Beshear’s appointee to the Office of Secretary of State, former Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker, was sworn in at noon today. Walker took office making a commitment to serve the Commonwealth by upholding the integrity of the office, promoting business services and working with all of the 120 county clerks to ensure transparency in the election process.
  • Grayson Ends Tenure, Leaving Legacy of Efficiency, Productivity, and Civility
    Friday, January 28, 2011
    At Noon on Saturday, the administration of Secretary of State Trey Grayson will come to an end. The moment will mark the end of one of the most successful tenures for a Secretary of State in the Commonwealth’s history. During Grayson’s tenure in office, Kentucky’s Office of the Secretary of State quickly became a national leader in elections, civics, business services, and government innovation.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline Less than One Week Away
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2011 primary elections. Primary candidates have until January 25, 2011 to file for office.
  • Grayson Named Director of Harvard University’s Prestigious Institute of Politics
    Friday, January 07, 2011
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been named today as the Director of the prestigious and internationally renowned Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University. Grayson will assume his post on January 31, 2011 and will resign his position as Secretary of State shortly before that date.
  • Deadline to Switch Political Party Affiliation is December 31, 2010
    Monday, December 20, 2010
    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party’s primary election that determines nominees for Governor/Lt. Governor Slate, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, and Commissioner of Agriculture, they must do so by December 31, 2010; otherwise, they might miss out on their chance.
  • And You Thought Elections were Over! Not exactly – Filing for 2011 Races Begins
    Wednesday, November 03, 2010
    Although many Kentuckians may have thought that the election season ended with yesterday’s election, a new cycle officially begins today. Potential candidates seeking an office on the 2011 ballot may now begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates will either appear on the May 17, 2011 primary or November 8, 2011 general election ballots.
  • Grayson Releases Election Dos and Don’ts List
    Friday, October 29, 2010
    With just a few days before the November 2, 2010 election, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released, today, an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. The list is designed to help voters understand Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.
  • Over 37,000 Students Participate in Kentucky Student Mock Election
    Thursday, October 28, 2010
    Students across the Commonwealth have made their choice on who to send to Washington. Over 37,000 students in elementary, middle, and high schools across the Commonwealth went to the polls over the last two months to vote for their favorite candidate for United States Senator. Students selected Rand Paul for Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator. Nearly 100 Kentucky schools participated in the Kentucky Student Mock Election, a partner election of the National/Student Parent Mock Election, coordinated by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • More Than Just Regularly Scheduled Elections on the Ballot
    Wednesday, October 27, 2010
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for election day on November 2, 2010. A number of counties will see races for the unexpired terms of judicial offices and Commonwealth’s Attorneys, as well as some local referenda questions on their ballot, in addition to regularly scheduled elections.
  • Grayson Encourages Kentuckians to Get the Facts, Announces Election Rumor Control Webpage
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson reminded voters of a page on the vote.ky.gov website that debunks common election rumors, which have been swirling around the country during this election cycle. Grayson is encouraging citizens to “Get the Facts!” by checking out the Election Rumor Control Webpage at www.vote.ky.gov/rumorcontrol.
  • Grayson Urges Citizens to Prepare for the Upcoming Election
    Monday, October 25, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Election Day, November 2, 2010 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Students Can Participate in Slogan and Essay Contests
    Thursday, October 21, 2010
    Students can win valuable prizes while becoming more civically engaged by participating in the 2010 Office of the Secretary of State Slogan and Essay Contests. The contests specifically center upon elections and allow teachers to work the contest into the classroom curriculum through relevance to current events, such as the upcoming mid-term election. All entries must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, December 1, 2010 or postmarked by that day to be eligible for consideration.
  • Online Resources Available for Voters
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010
    Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election. Citizens can view sample ballots online, check their voter registration, and obtain driving directions to their polling location – all by visiting the Vote Kentucky! online presence created by the Office of the Secretary of State, with support from the Kentucky State Board of Elections, at: www.vote.ky.gov.
  • Officials Continue Election Integrity Taskforce to Fight Voter Fraud
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010
    Officials from across the Commonwealth, including the Commonwealth’s chief law-enforcement official and chief elections officer, want citizens to know that they will once again be working together with agencies throughout the state as part of a task force to prevent and investigate allegations of voter fraud during the November 2, 2010 general election. Attorney General Jack Conway and Secretary of State Trey Grayson specifically noted that the Kentucky Election Integrity Taskforce has seen many recent successes, including several convictions.
  • Absentee Balloting is Open for Election
    Monday, October 18, 2010
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the November 2, 2010 election.
  • Deadline Nears to Register Students for Mock Election
    Friday, October 15, 2010
    Teachers across Kentucky face an October 27th deadline to register their students to participate in the Office of the Secretary of State’s 2010 Kentucky Student Mock Election, a partner election of the National Student/Parent Mock Election. Elementary, Middle, and High School students across the Commonwealth will have the chance to vote on Student Mock Election Day on October 28, 2010, which represents the conclusion of Civics Month activities sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Write-in Candidates Face Deadline for Upcoming Election
    Thursday, October 14, 2010
    Candidates who want to be eligible to have their votes counted as a write-in candidate for the upcoming election have until October 22, 2010 to file with the appropriate filing officer.
  • Voter Registration Figures Set for General Election
    Wednesday, October 13, 2010
    Kentucky will have 2,885,775 citizens appear on its voter rolls for the November 2nd general election. That number is the second highest total of registered voters in the Commonwealth’s history, just slightly lower than the record set during the 2008 general election, which totaled 2,906,809. There were 2,851,996 citizens registered to vote in the 2010 primary election and 2,766,288 in the 2006 general election, the most recent comparable election cycle.
  • Over Three-Fourths of Kentucky Counties to Use Optical/Digital Scan Voting Equipment in Election
    Tuesday, October 12, 2010
    Voters in over forty-five counties across Kentucky are expected to vote for the first time in a general election on new digital scan voting systems. The system provides a voter verified paper record, something Secretary of State Trey Grayson has encouraged counties to consider when they adopt voting systems.
  • Tens of Thousands of Companies Face Dissolution if Annual Report is Not Filed by Upcoming Deadline
    Monday, October 11, 2010
    Companies doing business in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State. Secretary of State Trey Grayson is reminding all Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Professional Services Corporations (PSCs), Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs), and Business Trusts that are registered with the state and that failed to file an annual report by June 30 of this year, that they are in bad standing and must file their annual report by October 31, 2010. Failure to do so will result in the entity being administratively dissolved or being revoked of its authority to do business in Kentucky.
  • Kentuckians Can ‘Vote in Honor of a Veteran’
    Friday, October 08, 2010
    Tens of thousands of Kentuckians will be “voting in honor of a veteran” this fall, and there is still time for individuals to sign up to participate in the program before the November 2, 2010 election. The Vote in Honor of a Veteran program is a program sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • Websites are Resources During Civics Month
    Wednesday, October 06, 2010
    As part of Civics Month and the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky’s (CLIK) efforts to increase civic engagement and literacy among Kentucky’s citizens, the Office of the Secretary of State is announcing updates to civics.ky.gov as a one-stop location for civic information across the Commonwealth. The site features lesson plans for teachers, activities for students, resources for parents, and ways for community leaders to get involved. The Office also maintains an active “Kids” site, which focuses on Kentucky and Kentucky Government.
  • Precinct Election Officers Needed Across the Commonwealth
    Monday, October 04, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging citizens to take an active role in the upcoming general election by signing up to become a precinct election officer. Precinct election officers, or poll workers as they are sometimes called, are still needed in many counties across the state, and now is the time to sign up and participate
  • October is Civics Month in Kentucky
    Friday, October 01, 2010
    October is Civics Month in Kentucky, and there will be events throughout the Commonwealth to remind citizens, both young and old, about the importance of being engaged in the democratic process. Civics Month developed out of the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK), chaired by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and was made official by the passage of House Joint Resolution 109 during the 2005 session of the Kentucky General Assembly
  • Kentuckians Face Deadline to Register to Vote in General Election
    Monday, September 27, 2010
    If Kentuckians want to participate in the upcoming general election on November 2, 2010, they have one week to make sure they are registered to vote, Kentucky’s chief election official, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today.
  • Grayson Celebrates Constitution Day with Students Across Kentucky
    Friday, September 17, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson joined thousands of students and teachers across Kentucky today to kick-off Constitution Day, a day set aside by Congress to remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution. School children across the country will focus a portion of their classes this week on the Constitution and the role that it plays in the lives of American citizens.
  • News Release: Secretary of State Trey Grayson Declares September 2010 National Voter Registration Month
    Tuesday, September 07, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson today joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS), which represents chief state election officials in 39 states, in declaring September 2010 National Voter Registration Month. Grayson is working with Kentucky’s local election administrators to make the state’s 3.3 million eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for this year’s general election, as well as promoting state resources to help with the registration process.
  • Grayson Announces Expansion of Election Services to Military and Overseas Citizens
    Thursday, September 02, 2010
    With two military bases and nearly 8,500 soldiers and airmen in the National Guard, Kentucky has a large number of voters who are fighting to defend American rights, including our right to vote. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chairman of the Kentucky State Board of Elections (SBE), announced today that the SBE has expanded its services to make it easier for citizens residing overseas and our soldiers in harm’s way to vote.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline One Week Away
    Tuesday, August 03, 2010
    Candidates who want to run as an independent candidate or political group candidate for partisan offices, who want to file for non-partisan races that do not have primary elections, and who want to seek an office with a recent vacancy, are facing a deadline of August 10, 2010 to have their filing papers and fees filed with the appropriate filing office.
  • News Release: Grayson Releases Election Dos and Don’ts List
    Thursday, May 13, 2010
    With just a few days before the May 18, 2010 primary election, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released, today, an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. The list is designed to help voters understand Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.
  • Grayson Reminds Voters of Judicial Races on the Primary Ballot
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for primary election day on May 18, 2010. A number of counties will see judicial races on their ballot in addition to other races such as the senatorial, congressional, legislative, and local races. All registered voters within a judicial district are eligible to vote in their respective judicial primaries.
  • Over One-third of Kentucky Counties to Use New Voting Equipment in Primary Election
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    Voters in forty-two counties across Kentucky are expected to vote for the first time on new digital scan voting systems in the upcoming primary election. The system provides a voter verified paper record, something Secretary of State Trey Grayson has encouraged counties to consider when they adopt voting systems.
  • Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Election
    Monday, May 10, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Primary Election Day, May 18, 2010 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • News Release: Online Resources Available for Voters
    Friday, May 07, 2010
    (Frankfort, KY) Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming primary election. Citizens can view sample ballots online, check their voter registration, and obtain driving directions to their polling location – all by visiting the Vote Kentucky! online presence created by the Office of the Secretary of State with support from the Kentucky State Board of Elections at: www.vote.ky.gov.
  • Kentuckians Can ‘Vote in Honor of a Veteran’
    Wednesday, May 05, 2010
    Tens of thousands of Kentuckians will be “voting in honor of a veteran” this spring, and there is still time for individuals to sign up to participate in the program before the May 18, 2010 primary election. The Vote in Honor of a Veteran program is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • Absentee Voting is Open for Primary Election
    Monday, May 03, 2010
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 18, 2010 election.
  • Voter Registration Figures Set for Primary Election
    Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Kentucky will have 2,851,996 citizens appear on its voter rolls for the May 18th primary election. That is slightly lower than the record set during the 2008 general election, which totaled 2,906,809. There were 2,857,231 citizens registered to vote in the 2008 primary election and 2,709,959 in the 2006 primary, the most recent comparable election cycle.
  • Officials Join Together to Monitor Upcoming Election for Voter Fraud
    Wednesday, April 28, 2010
    (Frankfort, KY) Officials from various agencies across the Commonwealth came together today in the State Capitol to emphasize that vote fraud will not be tolerated in the May 18th primary election. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Attorney General Jack Conway, Tom Dyke, the chief election fraud prosecutor for U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill in the Western District of Kentucky, and Ken Taylor, the chief election fraud prosecutor for Acting U.S. Attorney E.J. Walbourn in the Eastern District of Kentucky discussed the importance of this year’s elections and how each office is working to protect the election from potential fraud.
  • Precinct Election Officers Needed Across the State
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson encouraged citizens to take an active role in the upcoming May primary election by signing up to become a precinct election officer. Precinct election officers, or poll workers as they are sometimes called, are still needed in many counties across the state, and now is the time to sign up and participate.
  • Election Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk for Consideration
    Thursday, April 15, 2010
    On its final day in session, the Kentucky legislature passed its second omnibus election bill in as many weeks. Among other provisions, Rep. Darryl Owens’ (D-Louisville) House Bill 152, provides more opportunities for citizens to serve as precinct election officers, allows for the appointment of county board of election members when there is no state party recognized executive committee in the county, and establishes a procedure for when a county clerk or sheriff is ill/incapacitated and can not perform his or her county board of elections duties.
  • Grayson-Backed Election Legislation Signed Into Law
    Tuesday, April 13, 2010
    Kentucky’s governor signed an omnibus election bill today that will strengthen Kentucky elections and clarify laws for future elections. Among other provisions, Rep. Darryl Owens’ (D-Louisville) House Bill 97 clarifies that political organization and political group registrants and candidates have the same ballot access and voting opportunities as candidates or voters registered as independents.
  • Voter Registration Deadline Nears for Primary Election
    Monday, April 12, 2010
    (Frankfort, KY) There are several important deadlines approaching for Kentuckians this time of year. With all the talk about deadlines for the census and filing tax returns, you don’t want to overlook a deadline for the upcoming primary election. Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 18, 2010 primary election only have a few more days to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 19, 2010. County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day.
  • Grayson-backed Legislation to Cut Bureaucratic Red Tape to Start a Business in KY Heads to Governor’s Desk
    Monday, March 29, 2010
    (Frankfort, KY) The Kentucky legislature took major steps, today, to tear down the bureaucratic red tape it takes to start a business in Kentucky. The legislature passed Senate Bills 150, 151, and 152, sponsored by Senator Tom Jensen (R-London), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bills include the Kentucky Business Filing Act and the 2010 Kentucky Entities Act. Most importantly, the legislation makes it easier for citizens who want to start their companies in Kentucky to navigate the complicated legislation that governs it.
  • KY, W.Va. Secretaries of State Put Friendly Wager On Elite 8 Game
    Friday, March 26, 2010
    What’s worse than making it all the way to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament but losing to the team from the neighboring state? How about having to wear that other team’s colors in front of hundreds of people at a national conference? That’s the friendly wager between Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant.
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Thursday, March 25, 2010
    Candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate for a partisan office must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form with the appropriate filing office by Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in order to be placed on the ballot for the November 2nd general election.
  • Thirteen Educators from Across KY Recognized as Top Civic Educators
    Friday, March 19, 2010
    At the center court of Rupp Arena, thirteen regional superstars were recognized today but not necessarily for their basketball skills. For the first time, thirteen of Kentucky’s most outstanding civics education leaders were officially honored as finalists for the Kentucky Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award.
  • Legislation to Reduce Voter Disenfranchisement Signed into Law
    Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Throughout the country, many states have difficulty with “split election precincts” where the precinct boundary line crosses another boundary line. In Kentucky, this is typically seen in districts relating to cities and to school boards. In some instances, voters at these “split precincts” are given the wrong ballot. Governor Steve Beshear signed legislation, today, that will try to minimize this occurrence by providing for stronger data sharing between cities or school boards and county clerks. Senate Bill 35, sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington), passed the legislature with overwhelming support earlier this month.
  • Kentucky Businesses to Receive Annual Report Notice, Can File Now Online
    Monday, March 01, 2010
    Kentucky business entities will soon receive notice to file their annual reports. However, business entities registered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can obtain their 2010 annual reports immediately by visiting the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website today.
  • News Release: Candidate Filing Deadline One Week Away
    Tuesday, January 19, 2010
    Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2010 primary elections. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 26, 2010 to file for office.
  • News Release: Grayson Statement on the Passing of Former Secretary Drex Davis
    Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson remembers former Secretary of State Drex Davis on the announcement of his passing.
  • Deadline to Switch Political Party Affiliation is December 31, 2009
    Wednesday, December 16, 2009
    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party’s primary election that determines nominees for United States Senator, United States Congressional Representatives, state legislative races, and other partisan offices, they must do so by December 31, 2009; otherwise, they might miss out on their chance.
  • Kentuckians Can Now Vote on 2010 Election Slogan
    Wednesday, December 02, 2009
    The public now has the chance to select their favorite voting slogan to be used in the upcoming 2010 election cycle. To vote for your favorite, visit: www.sos.ky.gov/sloganpoll, by January 29, 2010.
  • Grayson Announces New Candidate Filings Notification Service, Continues Transparency Push
    Monday, November 02, 2009
    Citizens can now receive a near instantaneous notification if someone has filed to run for political office thanks to a new online notification service launched, today, by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Constituents can now sign up to receive email notifications or Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds to know when any candidate files with the Office of the Secretary of State. The service is part of Secretary Grayson’s Check it Out Kentucky! initiative designed to bring greater accountability for government to all citizens of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Sees Slight Increase in the Diversity of its Elected Officials
    Friday, October 30, 2009
    To close out the celebration of Kentucky’s Civics Month, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released an updated report that showed Kentucky slightly increasing the diversity of its elected officials since 2008. However, the report, United We Stand: Encouraging Diversity in Kentucky’s Leaders, also showed that Kentucky still lags behind in the overall number of minorities elected to office.
  • Grayson Announces New Online Tool to Assist Potential Candidates for Public Office, Many Filing Forms Available Online for the First Time
    Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson launched a new online service, today, to assist candidates who are interested in filing to run for public office. FastTrack Elections, as the new service is known, allows potential candidates to find forms online through an intuitive application that provides the appropriate filing forms after the user answers a series of questions.
  • Thousands of Kentuckians Expected to File For Office in 2010, Candidate Filing Period to Begin on Nov. 4th
    Tuesday, October 27, 2009
    Thousands of Kentuckians are expected to file paper work with the Secretary of State and their local county clerks to seek political office during the 2010 election cycle. Potential candidates seeking an office on the 2010 ballot may begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State and their county clerks on November 4, 2009. Candidates will either appear on the May 18, 2010 primary or November 2, 2010 general election ballots.
  • Grayson Launches New “Kids Site” about Kentucky and Government
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    As part of the 2010 Civics Month celebration, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced the launch of a new kids’ website which focuses on Kentucky and Kentucky Government. The site, which can be found at www.sos.ky.gov/kids, will be an excellent resource for students across the Commonwealth, particularly those students who are currently studying about Kentucky in their classes.
  • Grayson Reappoints Former Secretary Ken Harper to Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that he has reappointed former Secretary of State Ken Harper to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Harper, a resident of Crestview Hills in Northern Kentucky, will be serving his second term on the Registry.
  • October is Civics Month in Kentucky
    Monday, October 05, 2009
    October is Civics Month in Kentucky, and there will be events throughout the Commonwealth to remind citizens, both young and old, about the importance of being engaged in the democratic process. Civics Month developed out of the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK), chaired by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, and was made official by the passage of House Joint Resolution 109 during the 2005 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
  • More Kentucky Women Elected to Office than Ever Before, More Progress is Needed
    Wednesday, August 19, 2009
    Kentucky women continue to increase their numbers in elected office, although the Commonwealth still trails the rest of the country according to a report issued today by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The report is an update of the 2005 and 2007 editions of Opening Doors of Opportunity: Empowering and Inspiring Kentucky Women to Public Service, following the 2008 election.
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Sworn in as NASS President, Names New National Executive Board
    Sunday, July 19, 2009
    The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), currently holding its annual summer meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, today inducted its new slate of national officers for the 2009-2010 cycle. Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will serve as president, marking the first time in the association’s 105-year history that a secretary from the Bluegrass State has done so.
  • Kentucky Businesses Face Upcoming Annual Report Deadline
    Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • FastTrack Business Registration System Receives International Award
    Tuesday, June 02, 2009
    Once again, the Office of the Secretary of State’s online services have been recognized as tops in their class – except this time, the recognition is taking on an international flair. The Office has received the prestigious “2009 International Association of Commerce Administrators (IACA) Merit Award” for its FastTrack Business Registration System.
  • Kentucky Businesses Beware of Scam Filings Notifications
    Wednesday, May 06, 2009
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced a warning today to Kentucky businesses of a scam that is currently circulating in the neighboring states of Ohio and Indiana. The scam targets businesses, informing them that they are required by law to submit an “Annual Minutes Disclosure Statement.”
  • Office Online Services Again Recognized as the “Best in Kentucky”
    Tuesday, May 05, 2009
    The Office of the Secretary of State’s online services were once again recognized by the Government Technology and the Center for Digital Government’s “Best of Kentucky 2009 Technology Awards.” The Office was recognized with the “Best Online Services Award.”
  • New Business Registration Process Helps Businesses Thrive, Launch a Success
    Friday, April 03, 2009
    Businesses can be up and running faster in the Commonwealth due to a new service called FastTrack, according to new data provided today by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Since its launch, less than 45 business days ago, over 1,000 companies have been registered online.
  • Grayson Launches New Service to Increase Transparency of Kentucky State Government
    Monday, March 23, 2009
    Want to know what’s going on in Kentucky State Government? It is now easier than ever to find out the executive actions in state government thanks to a new notification system launched by Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • Statement Regarding Clay County Election Fraud Indictments
    Thursday, March 19, 2009
    Statement from Les Fugate, spokesperson for Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Chairman of the State Board of Elections, concerning today’s indictments related to election fraud purportedly conducted by Clay County officials.
  • Campaign Finance Legislation Passes Unanimously From Senate
    Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    The accessibility and accountability of campaign fundraising would get a major boost under legislation unanimously passed today by the Kentucky State Senate. The legislation, Senate Bill 62 sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) and supported by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, would increase the frequency with which candidates report their campaign finances and would require statewide candidates to do so electronically, making the information available more quickly.
  • Grayson Launches New Service to Increase Transparency
    Monday, February 16, 2009
    Want to know what final action the Governor took on your favorite legislation? It is now easier than ever to find out if a bill has been signed into law thanks to a new notification system launched by Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Constituents can now sign up to receive email notifications or Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds to know when the governor has signed or vetoed legislation and filed it with the Secretary of State.
  • Campaign Finance Legislation Receives Senate Committee Approval for Third Time
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009
    As has been the case for the last several years, the Campaign Disclosure Project recently downgraded Kentucky in its annual ranking of states with the best campaign finance laws. Kentucky has failed to follow the rest of the country and move to more transparent and accessible campaign finance filings. All that would change under Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), which passed unanimously out of the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee today.
  • Starting a Business in Kentucky Now Easier, Businesses Can File Online
    Thursday, January 22, 2009
    Starting a business in Kentucky just got easier, thanks to a new service launched by the Office of the Secretary of State. You can now file your new business entity online thanks to a new service called FastTrack.
  • Kentucky Recognized for Elections Access for Military Overseas
    Wednesday, January 07, 2009
    Kentucky election officials received excellent news this week, when the Pew Center on the States rated Kentucky as one of 25 states where overseas military voters have sufficient time to cast absentee ballots in state elections. The announcement comes after a year in which Secretary Grayson and the State Board of Elections significantly expanded outreach to overseas and military voters.
  • Businesses’ Annual Reports Available, Office Implements More Cost-Effective Notification Process
    Monday, January 05, 2009
    Kentucky business entities now have access to their annual reports, including business entities that are required to file annual reports for the first time. Business entities registered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can obtain their 2009 annual reports immediately by visiting the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.
  • Presidential Electors Meet and Cast Their Votes
    Monday, December 15, 2008
    Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State Capitol to witness Kentucky’s eight Presidential Electors cast their ballots for President and Vice President of the United States of America. John McCain and Sarah Palin received all eight votes for President and Vice-President, respectively
  • Statement Regarding the 23rd District State Senate Race
    Friday, November 14, 2008
    Statement from Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Regarding the 23rd District State Senate Race.
  • More Kentuckians Vote than Ever Before, Election a Success
    Wednesday, November 05, 2008
    Unofficial results from the 2008 general election indicate that over 1,825,000 people voted in the 2008 general election, setting a new record for voter turnout in Kentucky.
  • Precinct Location Information Wrong on Mailer to Louisville Voters
    Monday, November 03, 2008
    The State Board of Elections has learned that a campaign flyer mailed to some voters in Louisville, Kentucky contains incorrect precinct location information.
  • Office of the Secretary of State Embraces Technology to Communicate on Election Day
    Monday, November 03, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his office will be utilizing various techniques to communicate important messages on Election Day and to monitor the election. Grayson and his Deputy Assistant Secretary of State will be using “Twitter” to communicate to voters important information that occurs on election day.
  • Grayson Releases Election Dos and Don’ts List
    Friday, October 31, 2008
    With just a few days before the November 4, 2008 election, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released, today, an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. The list is designed to help voters understand Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.
  • Over 100,000 Students Participate in Kentucky Student Mock Election
    Thursday, October 30, 2008
    Students across the Commonwealth are choosing both Democrats and Republicans to send to Washington. Over 100,000 students in elementary, middle, and high schools across the Commonwealth went to the polls this week to vote for their favorite candidates for President, Congress, and to voice their opinion on the most important issue facing our country.
  • More Than Just President, Congress, and Legislature on the Ballot
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for election day on November 4, 2008. A number of counties will see races for the unexpired terms of judicial offices and local offices, as well as some local referenda questions on their ballot, in addition to regularly scheduled elections.
  • Grayson Urges Citizens to Prepare for the Upcoming Election
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Election Day, November 4, 2008 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Grayson Encourages Kentuckians to Get the Facts, Launches Election Rumor Control Webpage
    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced, today, the launch of a page on the vote.ky.gov website that debunks common election rumors, which have been swirling around the Commonwealth.
  • Online Resources Available for Voters
    Thursday, October 23, 2008
    Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election.
  • Students Can Participate in Slogan and Essay Contests
    Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    Students can win valuable prizes all the while becoming more civically engaged by participating in the 2008 Office of the Secretary of State Slogan and Essay Contests.
  • State Officials Announce Taskforce to Investigate and Prevent Voter Fraud
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008
    The Commonwealth’s chief law-enforcement official and chief elections officer came together today in the State Capitol to announce that they will once again be working together with agencies across Kentucky as part of a task force to prevent and investigate allegations of voter fraud during the November 4, 2008 general election.
  • Grayson Releases Video to Educate Kentuckians about YouTube-PBS Initiative
    Monday, October 20, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson released a video today, which his office is distributing to colleges and universities around the state and sharing with other citizens via new media platforms such as Facebook.com, in which he urges citizens to be cautious when participating in a new YouTube PBS initiative called “Video Your Vote.”
  • Absentee Balloting is Open for Election
    Monday, October 20, 2008
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the November 4, 2008 election.
  • Deadline Extended to Register Students for Mock Election
    Friday, October 17, 2008
    Due to the record-breaking response, the Office of the Secretary of State has extended the deadline for schools to register for the Office of the Secretary of State’s 2008 Kentucky Student Mock Election, a partner election of the National Student/Parent Mock Election.
  • Write-in Candidates Face Deadline for Upcoming Election
    Thursday, October 16, 2008
    Candidates who want to be eligible to have their votes counted as a write-in candidate for the upcoming election have until October 24, 2008 to file with the appropriate filing officer.
  • Voter Registration Figures Set for Election, Registration Record Broken
    Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
  • Thirty-four Counties in Kentucky to Use New Voting Equipment
    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Voters in thirty-four counties across Kentucky will vote for the first time during a general election on new digital scan voting systems.
  • Tens of Thousands of Companies Face Dissolution if Annual Report is Not Filed by Upcoming Deadline
    Monday, October 13, 2008
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Kentuckians Can ‘Vote in Honor of a Veteran’
    Thursday, October 09, 2008
    Tens of thousands of Kentuckians will be “voting in honor of a veteran” this fall, and there is still time for individuals to sign up to participate in the program before the November 4, 2008 election.
  • Civics Website a Resource During Election Season
    Wednesday, October 08, 2008
    As part of Civics Month and the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky’s (CLIK) efforts to increase civic engagement and literacy among Kentucky’s citizens, the Office of the Secretary of State is announcing updates to civics.ky.gov as a one-stop location for civic information across the Commonwealth.
  • College Students Make Their Choices for President and U.S. Senate, Hundreds Register to Vote
    Monday, October 06, 2008
    If the election were held today, Kentucky college students would choose to split their ballot and elect the Democratic Obama/Biden Ticket for President of the United States and re-elect Senator Mitch McConnell.
  • Registrations Coming in at Record Pace Before Deadline
    Friday, October 03, 2008
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chairman of the State Board of Elections, said his staff is receiving a record number of voter registration cards and many county clerks around the state are reporting the same.
  • Precinct Election Officers Needed Across the Commonwealth
    Thursday, October 02, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson encouraged citizens to take an active role in the upcoming general election by signing up to become a precinct election officer.
  • October is Civics Month in Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 01, 2008
    October is Civics Month in Kentucky, and there will be events throughout the Commonwealth to remind citizens, both young and old, about the importance of being engaged in the democratic process.
  • Kentuckians Face Deadline to Register to Vote in General Election
    Monday, September 29, 2008
    If Kentuckians want to participate in the upcoming general election on November 4, 2008, they have one week to make sure they are registered to vote, Kentucky’s chief election official, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today.
  • Grayson Promotes DebateWatch ‘08
    Thursday, September 25, 2008
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging citizens across the Commonwealth to participate in the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) DebateWatch program, by hosting debate watching parties.
  • Efficiency Changes Coming to the Office of the Secretary of State
    Friday, September 19, 2008
    The Office of the Secretary of State announced today several changes to the office in order to increase efficiency and to adjust to the drastic budget cuts the office faces. The changes will primarily take place in the elections, notary, and uniform commercial code (UCC) branches of the office.
  • Grayson Launches New Online Business Services and Efficiencies
    Thursday, September 18, 2008
    Continuing his push to make government more accessible and transparent, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today the next steps in a series of corporate initiatives designed to make it easier for companies to do business within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Continues Drop in Campaign Disclosure Rankings, Grayson Urges Kentucky Officials to Take Leadership on the Issue
    Wednesday, September 17, 2008
    The California-based Campaign Disclosure Project released its annual survey rankings of states’ efforts to bring sunlight to political money, and the results were not encouraging for Kentucky. For the third straight year, Kentucky dropped in the national rankings.
  • Grayson Celebrates Constitution Day with Students Across Kentucky
    Wednesday, September 17, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson joined thousands of students and teachers across Kentucky today to kick-off Constitution Day, a day set aside by Congress to remember the importance of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Kentucky Soldiers and Citizens Overseas Have New Services to Expedite Voting
    Thursday, September 11, 2008
    Kentucky soldiers and other citizens overseas now have more tools at their fingertips to make the elections process more effective and efficient, according to an announcement by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Chairman of the State Board of Elections.
  • VA Allows Voter Registration Drives after Response from Grayson and other Secretaries of State
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson applauded the decision of the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to clarify its policy on assisting veterans’ voter registration activities.
  • Secretary Grayson Declares September 2008 National Voter Registration Month
    Tuesday, September 02, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), today joined fellow members of NASS in declaring September 2008 National Voter Registration Month.
  • Voting Machines on Display at State Fair, Reagan Voted Most Popular President in 20th Century
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008
    Late President Ronald Reagan still holds a warm place in many Kentuckians hearts according to results released today from a straw poll by the Office of the Secretary of State at the 2008 Kentucky State Fair.
  • Grayson Announces Latest Addition to “Check It Out Kentucky!” Initiative, More Historical Land Patents Available Online
    Monday, August 25, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the addition of a new Land Office webpage at a seminar sponsored by the McCracken County Genealogical & Historical Society and the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah.
  • Independent Candidates and Special Election Candidates Face Deadline
    Wednesday, August 06, 2008
    Candidates for office who want to fill non-partisan vacancies, or who want to run as an independent candidate for partisan offices, are facing a deadline of August 12, 2008 to have their filing papers and fees to the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Grayson Elected President-Elect of National Association of Secretaries of State
    Monday, July 28, 2008
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson was elected by his national colleagues today to serve as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and will assume the presidency of the organization during the summer of 2009.
  • Primary Election Turnout Data Now Available, Presidential Primary Record Set
    Thursday, July 24, 2008
    The State Board of Elections announced today that turnout data for the May 2008 primary election is now available on its website at www.elect.ky.gov. Statewide turnout was 32.2% for the primary election, marking the highest turnout in Kentucky history for a Presidential Primary.
  • Governor’s Scholars Cast Votes in Mock Election for President
    Tuesday, July 08, 2008
    Kentucky’s Governors Scholars received a great civics lesson when each of the three Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) campuses hosted a mock gubernatorial election surrounding Independence Day, with Senator John McCain winning among the students.
  • Kentucky Businesses Face Annual Report Filing Deadline
    Wednesday, June 18, 2008
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Grayson Announces New Transparency Initiative, Spending to be Available Online
    Monday, June 09, 2008
    Speaking to members of the Center-Right Coalition in Frankfort, KY, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced a new initiative, Check It Out Kentucky!, which will bring greater accountability for government to the citizens of Kentucky.
  • Grayson Addresses Election Day Rumors
    Tuesday, May 20, 2008
    The State Board of Elections has received a number of inquiries about a rumor circulating around the Commonwealth stating that voters must have voted in the primary election to be eligible to vote in the general election.
  • Grayson Calls for Urgent Attention to Kentucky Voting Laws
    Monday, May 19, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his office and the Kentucky State Board of Elections has reason to believe that some campaigns and outside groups plan to use "poll watchers" on election day.
  • Secretary Grayson Reminds Voters of Judicial Races on Primary Ballot
    Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for primary election day on May 20, 2008. A number of counties will see judicial races on their ballot in addition to other races such as the presidential, congressional, and legislative races. All registered voters within a judicial district are eligible to vote in their respective judicial primaries.
  • Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Primary Election
    Tuesday, May 13, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Primary Election Day, May 20, 2008 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Secretary Grayson Highlights Newer Voting Equipment in Counties
    Tuesday, May 13, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson is visiting seven counties this week to highlight newer voting equipment that will be in use in all precincts in those counties. The system provides a voter verified paper record, something Grayson has encouraged counties to consider when they adopt voting systems.
  • Officials Join Together to Monitor Upcoming Election for Voter Fraud
    Wednesday, May 07, 2008
    Officials from various agencies from across the Commonwealth came together today in the State Capitol to emphasize that vote fraud will not be tolerated in the May 20th primary election.
  • Absentee Balloting is Open for Primary Election
    Monday, May 05, 2008
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 20, 2008 election.
  • Primary Voter Registration Figures are Set, Registration Record Broken
    Monday, May 05, 2008
    More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
  • Grayson Issues Warning to Kentucky Citizens about Voter Registration Effort
    Monday, May 05, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson issued a warning to Kentucky citizens that his office has learned that a voting group has sent thousands of potentially confusing mailings to women across Kentucky asking them to register to vote.
  • Grayson Takes Leading Role in Harvard Symposium on Presidential Primaries
    Thursday, April 24, 2008
    A dozen members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), including Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, will join leading political, legal and academic professionals on April 29 at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a bipartisan symposium on the 2008 presidential primary process.
  • Precinct Election Officers Needed Across the State
    Tuesday, April 22, 2008
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson encouraged citizens to take an active role in the upcoming May primary election by signing up to become a precinct election officer.
  • Voter Registration Deadline Nears for Primary Election
    Thursday, April 17, 2008
    With the end of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2008 regular session, the political focus of Kentuckians now turns to the primary election—and just in time! Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 20, 2008 primary only have a few more days to register to vote.
  • The Gubernatorial Runoff Law to be Part of the History Books, Law is Repealed Upon Governor’s Signature
    Tuesday, April 15, 2008
    Kentucky legislators finally dealt the gubernatorial runoff its final blow today after the House Bill 370 was passed by the House of Representatives.
  • Grayson’s Legislation to Improve Voting in Kentucky Heads to Governor’s Desk
    Wednesday, April 02, 2008
    The Kentucky House of Representatives, today, unanimously concurred with changes by the Kentucky Senate to House Bill 479, which primarily gives voters greater access to the voting process in Kentucky.
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Friday, March 28, 2008
    Candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate for a partisan office must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form with the Secretary of State by Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in order to be placed on the ballot for the November 4th general election.
  • Grayson Announces Important Reminders for Voters about the Presidential Primary
    Thursday, March 27, 2008
    With many Presidential campaigns’ attention turning to Kentucky, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced a number of reminders today for voters in Kentucky so that they can be prepared for the May 20th election.
  • House Passes Grayson Initiative for Early Voting
    Friday, March 14, 2008
    The Kentucky House of Representatives voted today to allow early voting in Kentucky, a voting procedure backed by Secretary of State Trey Grayson that allows voters to vote absentee ballots without having an excuse as currently required in the Commonwealth.
  • Nation’s Lieutenant Governors Endorse NASS Regional Presidential Primaries Plan
    Thursday, March 13, 2008
    The National Association of Secretaries of State’s (NASS) Rotating Regional Presidential Primaries Plan has received another major endorsement from a national organization of state officials.
  • Senate Passes Grayson’s Legislation to Create Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Tuesday, March 11, 2008
    The Kentucky State Senate took another step today to help protect victims of domestic violence from their perpetrators by unanimously passing Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville).
  • Grayson Joins Lloyd Memorial Students in Support of Civics Legislation
    Tuesday, March 11, 2008
    Under legislation passed today by the Kentucky House Committee on Education, Kentucky high school students will definitely receive information in the classroom about how to register to vote, how to use voting equipment, and how to cast an absentee ballot.
  • Senate Committee Passes Grayson’s Legislation to Create Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Thursday, March 06, 2008
    Victims of domestic violence would have a new layer of protection from their perpetrators under legislation passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
  • House Passes Legislation to Provide Greater Access to Voting
    Thursday, February 28, 2008
    The Kentucky House of Representatives, today, passed legislation that would give voters greater access to the voting process in Kentucky.
  • Senate Passes Much Needed Campaign Finance Legislation
    Monday, February 25, 2008
    Last year, Kentuckians got an up close view of why the General Assembly needs to pass comprehensive campaign finance reform.
  • General Election Turnout Data is Now Available
    Tuesday, February 12, 2008
    The State Board of Elections announced today that turnout data for the November 2007 election is now available on its website at www.elect.ky.gov.
  • Save Taxpayer Dollars, File Your Annual Report Online
    Wednesday, January 23, 2008
    Kentucky business entities now have access to their annual reports, including business entities that are required to file annual reports for the first time. Business entities registered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can obtain their 2008 annual reports immediately by visiting the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline One Week Away
    Tuesday, January 22, 2008
    Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2008 primary elections. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 29, 2008 to file for office.
  • Kentucky Loses Ground in the Diversity of its Elected Officials
    Friday, January 18, 2008
    On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and as part of the MLK Season of Service 2008, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released an update today to the 2006 United We Stand: Encouraging Diversity in Kentucky’s Leaders, a report that looks at racial diversity in Kentucky’s leaders.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Special Election Results, Ratify MOA to Release Funds for New Voting Equipment
    Friday, January 18, 2008
    The Kentucky State Board of Election (SBE) met today to certify the election results in the 63rd and 72nd Kentucky House Districts. The Board also voted to ratify a memorandum of agreement to release funds for counties to acquire new voting equipment.
  • State Board of Elections Nominate Presidential Preference Primary Party Candidates who have Qualified for Federal Matching Funds
    Tuesday, January 08, 2008
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections met today in Frankfort and as required by law nominated presidential preference primary candidates who have qualified, as of January 08, 2008, for federal matching funds according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) guidelines.
  • Deadline to Switch Political Party Affiliation is December 31, 2007
    Tuesday, December 18, 2007
    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party’s primary election that determines nominees for President of the United States, United States Senator, United States Congressional Representatives, and other partisan offices, they must do so by December 31, 2007; otherwise, they might miss out on their chance.
  • Special Elections Voter Registration Deadline
    Thursday, December 06, 2007
    If citizens who reside within House District 63 and 72 want to participate in the upcoming special elections for those vacancies in office, they are facing a very quick deadline to register to vote according to Kentucky’s chief election official, Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • And You Thought Elections were Over for a While! Not exactly – Filing for 2008 Races Begins
    Tuesday, November 20, 2007
    Although many Kentuckians may have thought that the election season ended with yesterday’s election, a new cycle officially begins today. Potential candidates seeking an office on the 2008 ballot may now begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Students Cast Votes in Mock Election
    Friday, November 02, 2007
    Kentucky students see the upcoming election in a different manner than their parents if you compare the results of the 2007 Kentucky Student Mock Election to current public polling. Nearly 10,000 students from 85 schools across the Commonwealth picked the entire Republican slate in the election, sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of State and the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)
  • Constitutional Officer Races Aren’t the Only Thing on the Ballot!
    Friday, November 02, 2007
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for election day on November 6, 2007. A number of counties will see races for the unexpired-terms of judicial offices and local offices, as well as some local referendum questions on their ballot in addition to races for the state’s constitutional officers.
  • Facts about Provisional Voting in Kentucky
    Monday, October 29, 2007
    (Frankfort, KY) Earlier today at a press conference, individuals falsely claimed that the Office of the Secretary of State was suppressing voters’ rights. At the press conference, they claimed that “Grayson’s office will not allow voters to use provisional ballots in this year’s election despite their use during federal elections in 2004 and 2006.” What the individuals failed to mention was that state laws and regulations have never allowed provisional ballots to be used for non-Federal races and that those provisions were adopted in a bi-partisan manner during the administration of former Democratic Secretary of State John Y. Brown, III upon the approval of the Help America Vote Act Advisory Committee for Kentucky.
  • Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Election
    Monday, October 29, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Election Day, November 6, 2007 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Kentuckians Have Online Resources to Help with Election
    Monday, October 29, 2007
    Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election.
  • Students Can Participate in Slogan and Essay Contests
    Wednesday, October 24, 2007
    Students can win valuable prizes all the while becoming more civically engaged by participating in the 2007 Office of the Secretary of State Slogan and Essay Contests.
  • Absentee Balloting is Open for Election
    Wednesday, October 24, 2007
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election.
  • Write-in Candidates Face Deadline for Upcoming Election
    Tuesday, October 23, 2007
    Candidates who want to be eligible to have their votes counted as a write-in candidate for the upcoming election have until October 26, 2007 to file with the appropriate filing officer.
  • Kentucky Continues Drop in Campaign Disclosure Rankings, Grayson-Backed Bill Would Reverse the Trend
    Friday, October 19, 2007
    The California-based Campaign Disclosure Project released its annual survey rankings of states’ efforts to bring sunlight to political money, and the results were not encouraging for Kentucky. For the second straight year, Kentucky dropped in the national rankings.
  • Deadline to Register Students for Mock Election Approaches Quickly
    Friday, October 19, 2007
    Tens of thousands of students across the state will have the opportunity to have their voices heard in the upcoming general election by participating in the Office of the Secretary of State’s 2007 Kentucky Student Mock Election, a partner election of the Youth Leadership Institute’s mock election.
  • Voter Registration Figures Set for Election, Registration Record Broken
    Thursday, October 18, 2007
    More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
  • Kentuckians Encouraged to Vote in Honor of a Veteran
    Wednesday, October 17, 2007
    Over 25,000 people will be “voting in honor of a veteran” this fall, and there is still time for individuals to sign up to participate in the program before the November 6, 2007 election.
  • Many Businesses Face Upcoming Deadline
    Tuesday, October 16, 2007
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • New Civics Website a Resource for Teachers, Students, Parents, and Community Leaders
    Friday, October 12, 2007
    As part of Civics Month and the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky’s (CLIK) efforts to increase civic engagement and literacy among Kentucky’s citizens, the Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy launched civics.ky.gov as a one-stop location for civic information across the Commonwealth.
  • More Kentucky Women Elected to Office than Ever Before, Still Trails the Country in Representation
    Tuesday, October 09, 2007
    Kentucky women continue to increase their numbers in elected office, although the Commonwealth still trails the rest of the country according to a report issued today by Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The report is an update of the 2005 Report Opening Doors of Opportunity: Empowering and Inspiring Kentucky Women to Public Service, following the 2006 elections – the largest ballot in Kentucky’s history.
  • College Students Make Their Choices for Governor, Hundreds Register to Vote
    Monday, October 08, 2007
    If the election were held today, Kentucky students would elect a new governor, but by a much closer margin that current public polling in the Governor’s race has shown.
  • Calling All Precinct Officers!
    Monday, October 08, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging citizens to take an active role in the upcoming November general election by signing up to become a precinct election officer.
  • Kentuckians Face Upcoming Deadline to Register to Vote in General Election
    Thursday, October 04, 2007
    If Kentuckians want to participate in the upcoming general election on November 6, 2007, they have less than one week to make sure they are registered to vote, Kentucky’s chief election official, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today.
  • Grayson and Stumbo Agree on Paper-based Voting for Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 03, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chair of the State Board of Elections and Kentucky’s Chief Elections Official, received a report today commissioned by Attorney General Greg Stumbo that, among other things, encourages Kentucky to move to optical scan voting machines as Grayson has advocated.
  • October is Civics Month in Kentucky
    Wednesday, October 03, 2007
    October is Civics Month in Kentucky, and there will be events throughout the Commonwealth to remind citizens, both young and old, about the importance of being engaged in the democratic process.
  • Grayson Announces Kentucky Voter Registration Week
    Monday, October 01, 2007
    With the 2007 general election only weeks away, Kentuckians, including election officials across the state, will be focusing on Voter Registration Week in order to increase the number of registered voters eligible to vote in the November 6, 2007 election.
  • Secretary Grayson Appears Before Senate Committee to Advocate for a Rotating Regional Primary Plan
    Wednesday, September 19, 2007
    “This is the right problem to be solving.” Those words by Ranking Member Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) explained the urgency of the need to address the front-loading of the presidential primary process in the United States.
  • State Board Votes to Re-Certify Election Systems
    Tuesday, September 18, 2007
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections (SBE) met today and re-examined voting systems from three voting system vendors: Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Premier Election Solutions. All three systems were recertified by a unanimous vote of the State Board upon the recommendation of the state’s voting system examiners team consisting of a county clerk, an expert in computer science, and a person who is knowledgeable in election procedures and law in Kentucky.
  • Want to Know Who Donated to Candidates Now? It’s Easy -- Just Pass Campaign Finance Legislation Pre-Filed Today
    Monday, September 10, 2007
    Today, reporters and political junkies can find out just how much money candidates for Governor and other constitutional offices have raised for the 2007 general election – well, that’s the way it would be, if the Kentucky General Assembly passes legislation pre- filed by State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), which is endorsed by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • Grayson to Lead National Effort to Reform the Presidential Primary Process
    Thursday, September 06, 2007
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson will continue to serve as Co-Chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s (NASS) Presidential Primary Sub-committee for the next year.
  • State Fair “Straw Poll” Results
    Tuesday, August 28, 2007
    Kentucky looks to still be a competitive state in the upcoming presidential race if results from the first-ever Office of the Secretary of State State Fair “Straw Poll” are any indication.
  • Independent Candidate and Special Election Candidates Face Deadline
    Friday, August 10, 2007
    Candidates for office who want to fill judicial vacancies, or who want to run as an independent candidate for statewide office, are facing a deadline of August 14, 2007 to have their filing papers and fees into the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Grayson Criticizes Stumbo for Lack of Support of Voter Verified Paper Records
    Friday, August 10, 2007
    On a day when thousands of Kentuckians read about Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s plan to provide greater accountability in Kentucky’s elections process, Attorney General Greg Stumbo again issued reckless allegations to garner headlines while stating that he does not support Voter Verified Paper Records (VVPRs) for Kentucky elections.
  • Grayson Selected as Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State
    Wednesday, August 01, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson has once again been selected for a leadership position within the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), assuming a position on the association’s executive committee. Grayson will serve one term as treasurer, with the term set to expire in July of 2007.
  • Kentucky Election Official to Chair National Elections Board
    Thursday, July 26, 2007
    The Standards Board of the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has selected officers to serve through June 2008 and Kentucky State Board of Elections (SBE) Executive Director, Sarah Ball Johnson, has been chosen as the Board’s chair.
  • Secretary Grayson Discusses Presidential Primary Problem in the U.S.
    Thursday, July 26, 2007
    Appearing before the Interim Joint Committee on State Government’s Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs, Secretary of State Trey Grayson told legislators that the presidential nomination process in the United State is the broken and is in desperate need of repair.
  • Fletcher and Beshear Tie in Mock Election, One Vote Does Make a Difference
    Friday, July 06, 2007
    Kentucky’s Governors Scholars received a great civics lesson when each of the three Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) campuses hosted a mock gubernatorial election during Independence Day week--that’s because the total vote in the mock election was a tie between Governor Ernie Fletcher and former Lt. Gov Steve Beshear.
  • Judicial Position Candidate Filings Now Open
    Friday, June 29, 2007
    The state constitutional officer races will not be the only races that many Kentuckians see on the ballot this fall. Special elections for judicial positions, such as those that were created by House Bill 382, as enacted by the 2006 General Assembly, will also appear on the 2007 ballots.
  • Kentucky Businesses Face Annual Report Filing Deadline, New Service Available
    Wednesday, June 27, 2007
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • Legislation Filed to Repeal the Gubernatorial Runoff Law
    Wednesday, June 27, 2007
    On the day when Kentucky was expected to hold its first runoff election in seventy-five years, legislation was pre-filed to permanently repeal gubernatorial runoff elections. BR 74 was pre-filed by State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) for consideration during the 2008 Regular Session.
  • Three Kentuckians Honored by Grayson and National Association of Secretaries of State
    Friday, June 22, 2007
    Passing two of the most comprehensive changes to business entity laws in Kentucky’s history is no small feat. Despite those difficulties, three Kentuckians were honored today for making that process look simple after leading the effort to pass Secretary of State Trey Grayson’s backed business enhancement legislation.
  • State Board of Elections Certify Primary Elections Results
    Monday, June 11, 2007
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections met today and certified the 2007 primary election results. The certification makes the recanvassed results from counties official and sets the stage for the general election races in the fall.
  • Grayson Reminds Voters about Judicial Races
    Sunday, May 20, 2007
    Some voters will have more decisions to make for primary election day on May 22, 2007. A number of counties will see judicial races on their ballot in addition to races for the state’s constitutional officers.
  • Newest Web Service Launched at National Genealogical Convention
    Sunday, May 20, 2007
    History and technology met today at the National Genealogical Society Conference in Richmond, Virginia. During a presentation by staff of the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State’s Land Office, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced the latest addition to the nationally recognized Land Office website at http://sos.ky.gov/land.
  • Vote in Honor of a Veteran Campaign Enjoys Great Success
    Sunday, May 20, 2007
    If the number of people sporting “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” buttons this election season is any indication of whether Kentuckians are starting to pay attention to upcoming primary race, we may see an up-tick in voter turnout on May 22, 2007.
  • Study Shows Students Flunk Civics Test, Kentucky Addressing the Problem
    Wednesday, May 16, 2007
    With Kentucky election officials predicting frustratingly low turnout in the May 22, 2007 primary election, a report released today revealed one of the reasons why civic participation is declining - American students are not being taught the basics of democracy and civics.
  • Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Primary Election
    Monday, May 14, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Primary Election Day, May 22, 2007 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
  • Online Services Aid Voters for Upcoming Election
    Friday, May 11, 2007
    Haven’t heard much about the upcoming primary election in Kentucky? No problem! Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the election.
  • Absentee Balloting is Open for Primary Election
    Friday, May 11, 2007
    With Kentucky’s most notorious horse race in the record books, Kentuckians’ attention is now focused on the next big “horse race” in Kentucky – the Kentucky Constitutional Officer Elections. Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for the 2007 Primary Race.
  • Grayson Continues to Promote New Voting Program Honoring Veterans
    Tuesday, May 08, 2007
    Flanked by state legislators and veterans, Secretary of State Trey Grayson launched the “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program, an initiative designed to increase voter participation by honoring the service of America’s military men and women.
  • Grayson Announces New Voting Program Honoring Veterans
    Tuesday, May 08, 2007
    Flanked by state legislators and veterans, Secretary of State Trey Grayson launched the “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program, an initiative designed to increase voter participation by honoring the service of America’s military men and women.
  • Primary Voter Registration Figures are Set, Registration Record Broken
    Tuesday, May 08, 2007
    More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections.
  • Calling All Precinct Election Officers!
    Monday, April 23, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson encouraged citizens to take an active role in the upcoming May primary election by signing up to become a precinct election officer.
  • Students Make Their Choices for Governor, Hundreds Register to Vote
    Thursday, April 19, 2007
    Students at Kentucky’s public universities have made their choices known for their preferred nominees in the 2007 Kentucky Gubernatorial primary.
  • Secretary Grayson Presents Award for State Voter Essay Contest
    Thursday, April 12, 2007
    When it comes to talking about the importance of democracy, there is none better in the Commonwealth than Madison County’s own Candace Faith Moberly. Secretary of State Trey Grayson today presented a first place award in the Office of the Secretary of State Voter Slogan and Essay Contest to the Madison Southern High School student.
  • Voter Registration Deadline Nears for Primary Election
    Monday, April 09, 2007
    With political ads announcing the beginning of the primary campaign season, Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 22, 2007 primary only have a few more days to register to vote.
  • State Board of Elections Votes on Emergency Regulation for Runoff Election, Military and Overseas Voters to have Better Access to Absentee Ballots
    Thursday, March 29, 2007
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections took immediate action yesterday to address a potential problem that Kentucky’s military servicemen and overseas citizens may face in the upcoming runoff primary election.
  • General Assembly Passes Second Major Business Enhancement Legislation in as Many Years; Grayson’s Legislative Priority Heads to Governor’s Desk
    Tuesday, March 27, 2007
    The Kentucky State House today passed HB 334, sponsored by Rep. Scott Brinkman (R-Louisville), one of the largest pieces of modernization legislation for Kentucky Business Entity laws in the Commonwealth’s history.
  • Legislature Passes SB 14, Fixes Presidential Nomination Issue
    Monday, March 26, 2007
    The Kentucky State Senate today concurred with changes made in Senate Bill 14 which would slightly delay the nomination filing deadline for candidates for President of the United States.
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    Candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate for a partisan office must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form with the Secretary of State by Monday, April 2, 2007 in order to be placed on the ballot for the November 6th general election.
  • Grayson Praises Legislature for Support of HB 66
    Friday, March 09, 2007
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised members of the General Assembly today for the passage of House Bill 66, sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Higdon.
  • Kentucky Election Director Elected Secretary of National Elections Standards Board
    Thursday, March 01, 2007
    The Standards Board of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recently elected its executive board members at a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Kentucky’s Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, Sarah Ball Johnson was elected secretary.
  • Grayson Re-Elected to Lead Fellow Secretaries of State
    Friday, February 23, 2007
    Republican Secretaries of State from across the country re-affirmed their confidence in the leadership of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson by re-electing him as chairman of their national association while attending the annual winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).
  • Top Officials Announce Support for Campaign Finance Legislation
    Thursday, February 15, 2007
    The California-based Campaign Disclosure Project recently downgraded Kentucky in its annual ranking of states with the best campaign finance laws. Kentucky might vault back into its national leadership standing after the General Assembly considers a bill sponsored by State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).
  • Nation’s Top State Election Officials Call for Sweeping Reforms to the Presidential Nominating Process
    Thursday, February 08, 2007
    National Association of Secretaries of State plan would rotate regional primaries starting in 2012.
  • Grayson Presents Louisville Teacher with National Civics Award
    Monday, January 29, 2007
    Educating students to be engaged citizens is a daily goal for Central High School civics and government teacher Ms. Galelyn McElroy, who Secretary of State Trey Grayson honored today for her exemplary service to Kentucky students.
  • 2007 Election Filing Deadline One Week Away
    Tuesday, January 23, 2007
    Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name on the ballot for the 2007 primary elections. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 30, 2007 to file for office.
  • Candidates for Court of Appeals Position Face Upcoming Deadline
    Friday, January 19, 2007
    The Office of the Secretary of State received notification today from Chief Justice Joseph Lambert that a vacancy exists in the 1st Division of the 3rd District of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and therefore an election to fill the unexpired term is necessary.
  • Businesses’ Annual Reports Available Earlier Than Ever
    Friday, January 12, 2007
    Kentucky business entities now have access to their annual reports, marking the earliest date the reports have been available in the Commonwealth’s history.
  • Grayson Announces Study of Voter Verified Paper Trails
    Thursday, December 28, 2006
    With national and local advocates supporting his cause, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Kentucky Help America Vote Act (HAVA) advisory committee will study the issues surrounding the implementation of voter verified paper audit trails (VVPATs) for Kentucky’s elections system.
  • Nine New Judicial Positions to Appear on 2007 Ballot; Filing Begins Jan. 2
    Wednesday, December 27, 2006
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Office of the Secretary of State will begin accepting filings for nine (9) newly created judicial positions on Tuesday, January 2, 2007.
  • Deadline to Switch Political Party Affiliation is December 31, 2006
    Wednesday, December 27, 2006
    If citizens want to change their party registration in time to participate in their party’s primary election that determine nominees for Kentucky’s constitutional offices, they must do so by December 31, 2006; otherwise, they might miss out on their chance.
  • Grayson Launches New Secretary of State History Webpage with Former Secretaries of State
    Wednesday, December 27, 2006
    (Frankfort, KY) Surrounded by Kentucky’s former Secretaries of State, current Secretary of State Trey Grayson launched a new website dedicated to the history of the Office of the Secretary of State and the officeholders who have directed it. The site features biographies, timelines, photographs, and other relevant information.
  • Elections Over? Not Quite – Filing for 2007 Races Begins
    Wednesday, December 27, 2006
    Potential candidates for Kentucky’s constitutional offices may now begin filing with the Office of the Secretary of State. Candidates will either appear on the May 22, 2007 primary or November 6, 2007 general election ballots.
  • Grayson Requests Assistance from Media Outlets to Protect the Election’s Integrity
    Friday, November 03, 2006
    During the now infamous 2000 election cycle, numerous media outlets across the country declared a winner in the presidential race in the state of Florida even before the polls had closed in a portion of the state within the Central Standard Time (CST) Zone. Many media reports noted that voters in the Florida panhandle, which falls in the CST Zone, felt disenfranchised, thinking their votes did not matter.
  • Thousands of Students Participate in Kentucky’s Mock Election
    Thursday, November 02, 2006
    If Kentucky students had it their way, every member of Congress would head back to Washington D.C. next January. Nearly 28,000 Kentucky middle and high school students went to the polls this week to vote for their favorite candidates for congress and to voice their opinions on a number of general issues.
  • Kentuckians Urged to Prepare for Election
    Wednesday, November 01, 2006
    Voters should prepare for the 2006 general election on November 7, 2006 Secretary of State Trey Grayson reminded Kentuckians today. With the largest ballot in Kentucky’s history facing voters, citizens would be well advised to research candidates before they head to the polls.
  • Kentuckians to Participate in Historic Elections
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006
    Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 to vote in the Kentucky general election with more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history. In addition to a large ballot, voters will also see new accessible voting machines in every polling location in the Commonwealth in addition to or in replacement of machines that they had used in previous elections. Election officials are also reminding individuals of a common voting error that occurs when non-partisan races are on the ballot.
  • Grayson Releases Report on Diversity in Kentucky Leadership
    Tuesday, October 31, 2006
    Following up on the lauded Opening Doors of Opportunity: Empowering and Inspiring Kentucky Women to Public Service report that detailed the leadership that many women are providing across the Commonwealth, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released today United We Stand: Encouraging Diversity in Kentucky’s Leaders, a similar report that looks at racial diversity in Kentucky’s leaders.
  • Grayson Releases County Specific Voter Information Posters
    Monday, October 30, 2006
    In a continuation of the large voter education efforts taking place before the historical election on November 7, 2006, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released county specific voter information posters today. The posters include information about polling location hours, how to obtain valuable voter information such as polling locations and sample ballots, phone numbers to report voting irregularities, and contact information for the respective county clerk’s office.
  • Agencies Target Young Citizens to Vote in the General Election
    Sunday, October 29, 2006
    With young adults seemingly less engaged with the political process, the Kentucky State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Trey Grayson have launched efforts to increase awareness of the upcoming election. The two campaigns are specifically targeted at young people who do not vote, in hopes of increasing the turnout among young people in the general election on November 7, 2006.
  • Grayson Touts Online Services to Aid Voters before Election Day
    Sunday, October 29, 2006
    Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election, an historic election with more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history.
  • Officials Meet to Combat Voter Fraud Issues
    Wednesday, October 25, 2006
    Officials from various agencies from across the Commonwealth met today in Frankfort to discuss upcoming efforts to prevent and eradicate voter fraud in the November 7th Election. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Representatives from the State Board of Elections, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, and the U.S. Attorneys’ offices discussed the importance of this year’s elections and how each office is working to protect the election from potential fraud.
  • Write-In Candidates Face Deadline for Upcoming Election
    Tuesday, October 24, 2006
    Candidates who want to be eligible to have their votes counted as a write-in candidate for the upcoming election have until October 27, 2006 to file with the appropriate filing officer.
  • Many Kentucky Businesses Face Upcoming Deadline
    Friday, October 20, 2006
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State. Secretary of State Trey Grayson is reminding all Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Professional Services Corporations (PSCs) that are registered with the state and that failed to file an annual report by June 30 of this year that they are in bad standing and must file their annual report by October 31, 2006. Failure to do so will result in the entity being administratively dissolved or being revoked of its authority to do business in Kentucky.
  • Absentee Voting Begins in Historic Election
    Friday, October 20, 2006
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots in what is an historic general election with more races on the ballot than at any time in Kentucky’s history. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the November 7, 2006 election.
  • 2006 General Election Registration Figures Set
    Thursday, October 19, 2006
    Over 2.76 million citizens are eligible to vote in the 2006 general election in Kentucky, the largest election in Kentucky’s history. The number, a couple percentage points higher than the figures available during the May primary election, is the second highest total number of registrations in the Commonwealth’s history.
  • Franklin Circuit Court Rules that “Innovative” Voter Database Matching Can Continue
    Monday, October 02, 2006
    The Franklin Circuit Court today found “database matching to be a necessary tool to maintain accurate voter registration information.” In his order, Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that the voters who have registered in multiple states may be placed on an inactive voter list to be purged if the voters do not participate in the next two federal election cycles.
  • Deadline to Register to Vote in the 2006 General Election Nears
    Monday, October 02, 2006
    If Kentuckians want to participate in the largest election in the Commonwealth’s history on November 07, 2006, they need to make sure they are registered to vote, Kentucky’s chief election official, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today.
  • National Voter Registration Week - Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2006
    Monday, September 25, 2006
    As a kickoff to the National Voter Registration Week, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson today announced the launch of a new website designed to provide eligible voters in the Commonwealth with all of the information they need to vote in the upcoming primary elections.
  • Grayson Releases Report to Increase Civic Engagement and Literacy of Kentucky’s Citizens
    Monday, September 18, 2006
    On National Constitution Day, a day set aside by Congress to increase civics education in the classroom specifically pertaining to the United States Constitution, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced that Kentucky needs to do more to increase the civic literacy and engagement of his citizens. As part of the announcement, he released a report, Rediscovering Democracy: An Agenda for Action, that calls upon the state to take tangible steps to increase civic literacy.
  • Primary Turnout Data Now Available
    Thursday, August 10, 2006
    The State Board of Elections announced today that primary turnout data for the May primary election is now available on its website at www.elect.ky.gov. Statewide turnout was 31.4% for primary election, slightly less than the 35% turnout that had been predicted.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline Quickly Approaching
    Tuesday, August 01, 2006
    With the Fancy Farm picnic nearing, the unofficial kick-off to the general election campaign season in Kentucky, the Commonwealth’s focus on the November 7, 2006 election is sharpening and none too soon. On August 8, 2006, candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate must file their nominating petitions with the appropriate filing officials.
  • Nine New Judicial Positions to Appear on November 2006 Ballot
    Thursday, July 06, 2006
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Office of the Secretary of State will begin accepting filings for nine newly created judicial positions on Monday, July 17, 2006.
  • Time Nearing for Companies to File Annual Reports
    Wednesday, June 21, 2006
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.
  • State Board of Elections Certifies Vote Total
    Wednesday, May 31, 2006
    The State Board of Elections met today and, among their actions, certified the vote totals from the May 16, 2006 primary election. With the certification, a partial stage is set for the 2006 general election, which will feature more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history.
  • Office Website Continues to Garner Accolades
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006
    When Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson directed his staff to revamp his office’s website shortly after he was sworn into office in 2004, his primary focus was to make the site more accessible to constituents and to provide more online services. What he did not envision was that the site would soon receive international recognition for its design and even serve as a model for other Secretary of State websites across the country.
  • Primary Election 2006
    Tuesday, May 16, 2006
    Kentucky voters headed to the polls today to choose candidates that will appear on the largest ballot in Kentucky’s history on November 7, 2006. While the State Board of Elections received general election calls on issues in election administration, the primary was successful, considering the number of changes facing Kentucky voters at the polls.
  • Kentuckians Can Request Time Off to Vote
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006
    No Kentuckian should be prevented from voting in the upcoming election due to their work schedule, if he or she requests leave prior to the day in which he or she will cast his or her vote according to Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  • Secretary Grayson Announces Online Services to Aid Voters for the Primary Election.
    Tuesday, May 09, 2006
    Kentuckians now have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming primary election, an historic election with more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history.
  • Kentuckians to Participate in Historic Elections
    Tuesday, May 09, 2006
    Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 16th to vote in the Kentucky primary election with more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history. In addition to a large ballot, voters will also see new accessible voting machines in every polling location in the Commonwealth in addition or in replacement of machines that they had used in previous elections.
  • Officials Join Together to Monitor Upcoming Election for Voter Fraud
    Monday, May 08, 2006
    Officials from various agencies from across the Commonwealth visited Pikeville, KY to emphasize that vote fraud will not be tolerated in the May 16th Primary Election. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Attorney General Greg Stumbo, and Ken Taylor, the chief election fraud prosecutor for U.S. Attorney Amul Thapar in the Eastern District of Kentucky, discussed the importance of this year’s elections and how each office is working to protect the election from potential fraud. Similar efforts are underway in the Western District of Kentucky with U.S. Attorney David Huber.
  • Voters to See Changes at the Polls
    Monday, May 08, 2006
    When Kentuckians head to the polls next week, they are likely to see a number of changes at the polls, with many voting in a new location from their previous visits to the voting booth. Thanks in part to the sweeping election reform passed by Congress in the wake of the 2000 Presidential election cycle, the State Board of Elections, county clerks, and other election officials across Kentucky and the nation are working to ensure that citizens have the best access to the elections process in our country’s history.
  • Kentuckians Begin Casting Ballots for Historic Election
    Monday, May 01, 2006
    Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots in what is an historic primary election with more races on the ballot than at any time in Kentucky’s history. While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before election day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 16, 2006 election.
  • Registration Figures for Primary Election Set
    Monday, May 01, 2006
    Over 2.7 million citizens are eligible to vote in the 2006 primary election in Kentucky.
  • Jamestown Elementary Students Commissioned as Commonwealth Ambassadors
    Monday, May 01, 2006
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson who has long advocated for students to become more engaged with their government, traveled to Jamestown, KY to commission students as the first Commonwealth Ambassadors.
  • Kentucky Blazes Path in New Voter Fraud Prevention Technique
    Monday, April 24, 2006
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that Kentucky is one of four initial states to take proactive steps to prevent voters from voting in mutiple states simultaneously, the first such step of its kind in the nation.
  • Southern States Set Goals for Increasing Civic Engagement
    Monday, April 24, 2006
    Experts on civic education and civic engagement from a consortium of thirteen southern states gathered in Louisville, Kentucky this week for the inaugural Southern Conference on Civic Education and Engagement.
  • Deadline to Register to Vote in the 2006 Primary Election Nears
    Tuesday, March 28, 2006
    With more races on the ballot than ever before in Kentucky’s history, Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 16, 2006 primary only have a few more days to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 17th. County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day.
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Monday, March 27, 2006
    Candidates seeking public office as an independent or political group candidate must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form with the appropriate filing official by Monday, April 3, 2006 in order to be placed on the ballot for the November 7th general election.
  • Legislation to Protect Voters at the Polls Heads to Governor’s Desk
    Thursday, March 23, 2006
    The Kentucky House acted today to protect Kentucky elections from fraudulent “pay-per-card” voter registration techniques that ran rampant across the country in previous elections by passing House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Adrian Arnold (D-Mount Sterling).
  • Business Enhancement Legislation Passes, Grayson’s Top Legislative Priority on Way to Governor’s Desk
    Thursday, March 23, 2006
    The Kentucky Senate unanimously endorsed legislation today that will substantially modernize and enhance Kentucky partnership law for the first time in over fifty years.
  • Secretary Grayson Reminds Katrina Evacuees: Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Vote
    Wednesday, March 15, 2006
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson today urged all New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina evacuees, who have temporarily relocated to Kentucky, to immediately contact the Louisiana Secretary of State in order to participate in the upcoming Orleans Parish elections.
  • Bill to Address Vote Hauling Receives Important Endorsements
    Friday, February 24, 2006
    Today, Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Kentucky House Minority Whip Ken Upchurch (R-Monticello) announced major endorsements for House Bill 658 which outlaws the use of vote hauling as a conduit for illegally purchasing votes. Former Secretaries of State Bob Babbage and John Y. Brown, III have voiced their support for the legislation as has a former Kentucky Attorney General and a former Assistant U.S Attorney.
  • Senate Committee Paves Way for More Civic Education
    Thursday, February 09, 2006
    Kentucky high schools are one step closer to an innovative new course that will not only place an emphasis on civics education but also upon the civic engagement of students, thanks to the work of the Senate Education Committee.
  • Committee Passes Kentucky Business Enhancement Legislation
    Wednesday, February 08, 2006
    The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee took an important first step today in substantially modernizing and enhancing Kentucky partnership law for the first time in over fifty years. House Bill 234, sponsored by Rep. Scott Brinkman (R-Louisville), will align Kentucky law with the most recent version of the Uniform Partnership Act, as approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • House Committee Passes Expansive Election Legislation
    Thursday, February 02, 2006
    The Kentucky House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee continued their aggressive effort to clean up and strengthen Kentucky election laws by passing House Bill 423, House Bill 438, and House Bill 464.
  • Office of the Secretary of State Sets Candidate Filing Record – One Day Remains for Candidates to File
    Monday, January 30, 2006
    With only one more day for primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State to run for office, the Office of the Secretary of State set a new record for candidate filings during an election season.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline Quickly Approaching
    Monday, January 23, 2006
    Time is running out for potential candidates to place their name of the ballot. Primary candidates, including political party candidates and candidates for non-partisan races that file with the Secretary of State, have until January 31, 2006 to file for office.
  • Annual Reports Now Available, New and Improved Services
    Friday, January 20, 2006
    Business entities registered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can now obtain their 2006 annual reports with a single click of a mouse on the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. Additionally, if they choose to file their report online, they will find some new and improved services awaiting them.
  • House Takes Steps to Protect Kentucky Voters from Fraud
    Thursday, January 19, 2006
    The Kentucky House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs committee acted today to protect Kentucky elections from fraudulent “pay-per-card” voter registration techniques that ran rampant across the country in previous elections by passing House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Adrian Arnold (D-Mount Sterling).
  • Citizens Face Upcoming Deadlines for Additional Special Election
    Tuesday, January 10, 2006
    If citizens want to cast their ballot in either of the upcoming special elections in Jefferson County, they must register to vote before the close of business on Tuesday, January 17, 2006.
  • Deadline to Switch Political Party Affiliation is December 31, 2005
    Monday, December 12, 2005
    Kentucky state law requires any citizen who wishes to change his/her voter registration and also vote in that party’s upcoming primary election must be registered with his/her new party by December 31st of the preceding year.
  • Filing for 2006 Election Cycle to Begin on November 9, 2005
    Monday, November 07, 2005
    Potential candidates for the 2006 election cycle may begin filing with the appropriate election official on Wednesday, November 9, 2005.
  • Many Kentucky Businesses Face Upcoming Deadline
    Friday, October 28, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson is reminding all Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Professional Services Corporations (PSCs) that are registered with the state and that failed to file an annual report by June 30 of this year that they are in bad standing and must file their annual report by October 31, 2005. Failure to do so will result in the entity being administratively dissolved or being revoked of its authority to do business in Kentucky.
  • The Kentucky Department of State Lends a Hand for Others
    Wednesday, October 26, 2005
    Employees of the Kentucky Department of State, which is comprised of the Office of the Secretary of State, the Registry of Election of Election Finance, and the Kentucky State Board of Elections, answered the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign’s call for help. The department raised over $5410 for the campaign, representing an increase of over 43 percent since last year and a 103% increase since 2001.
  • Ballot Access Procedural Manual Available for the First Time for Potential Candidates
    Friday, October 07, 2005
    In order to help the thousands of candidates, both new and old, running for political office in 2006, the Office of the Secretary of State has developed a ballot access procedural manual titled: Declaring Your Candidacy.
  • Grayson Appoints Former Secretary of State Ken Harper to Kentucky Registry of Election Finance
    Friday, September 30, 2005
    (Frankfort, KY) Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that former Secretary of State Ken Harper is his appointment to the Registry of Election Finance. Harper, a resident of Crestview Hills in Northern Kentucky, will begin his service on the Registry immediately upon his appointment.
  • Grayson Announces First-in-the-Nation Online Service to Protect Voters
    Tuesday, September 27, 2005
    With internet scams rampant on the World Wide Web, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today a new effort to protect voters from fraudulent websites in anticipation of the largest election in Kentucky history with more than 4,000 races on the ballot.
  • Office of the Secretary of State’s Website Wins International Award
    Monday, September 19, 2005
    The Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State’s website recently received international recognition as one of the outstanding government websites in the world from the Web Marketing Association.
  • Workgroup on Civic Literacy Celebrates Constitution Day
    Monday, September 12, 2005
    With the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution just around the corner, school children across the country will focus a portion of their classes this week on the Constitution and the role that it plays in the lives of American citizens. The Kentucky Workgroup on Civic Literacy is encouraging all Kentucky citizens to take a moment this week to reflect on the Constitution and the liberties that it provides for each American.
  • Secretary Grayson Awarded Aspen-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership
    Thursday, September 08, 2005
    Washington DC, Sept. 8, 2005—Secretary of State Trey Grayson and State Treasurer Jonathan Miller have been identified by the Aspen Institute as two of “the true rising stars” of American politics and are among 24 of the nation’s top young elected officials selected for a new fellowship program honoring public leaders.
  • Secretary Grayson Releases Report on Female Elected Officials
    Monday, August 22, 2005
    Surrounded by current and future women leaders in the Commonwealth, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released a report today on the current state of female elected officials in Kentucky.
  • Voter Information Center Expands Available Information
    Wednesday, August 10, 2005
    Kentuckians will go to the polls in 2006 with a record number of offices for which to vote and the anticipation for this record-breaking election is building. With citizens already announcing their possible candidacy and with the first day for candidate filings drawing near, the Kentucky State Board of Elections has expanded access to a variety of voter information through website’s Voter Information Center. Most notably, the site now allows voters to check their party registration.
  • Grayson Named Chairman of National Elections Committee
    Friday, July 29, 2005
    Secretary of State Grayson, who at age 33 is the youngest Secretary of State in the country, was appointed to serve as the chairman of the elections committee of the National Association of Secretary of State’s (NASS) summer conference this past week in Minnesota.
  • Statement on the Passing of Dr. Thomas Clark
    Tuesday, June 28, 2005
    Nancy and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a great Kentuckian and friend, Dr. Thomas Clark. His passion for Kentucky, our people, and our history is unmatched and serves as a great example to us all. Kentucky has not only lost a great scholar, historian, and friend, but it has also one of its greatest ambassadors and role models.
  • Office of the Secretary of State's Website is Now Multilingual
    Friday, June 24, 2005
    With Kentucky’s economy diversifying through foreign based companies who now call the Commonwealth home, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Office of the Secretary of State’s website will offer translations into six new languages.
  • State Board of Elections Cleans Voter Rolls for Fraud Prevention
    Wednesday, June 22, 2005
    The State Board of Elections recently completed a “clean up” of Kentucky’s voter rolls in order to prevent fraud from occurring in future elections. After removing over 160,000 inactive voters, Kentucky’s voter registration now stands at 2,667,079 citizens.
  • Office of the Secretary of State to Consolidate Offices
    Tuesday, June 07, 2005
    The Office of the Secretary of State announced today that the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) branch office located at 363 Versailles Road in Frankfort, KY will be consolidated into other offices located at the Capitol Building. The new office will be located in RM 153 of the Capitol, marking the first time that all services of the Secretary of State will be located under the same roof in nearly five years.
  • Kentucky Jaycees Recognize Secretary Grayson as 2005 Outstanding Young Kentuckian
    Friday, June 03, 2005
    The Kentucky Junior Chamber (Jaycees) recently recognized Secretary of State Trey Grayson at their annual awards ceremony and awards banquet as one of two outstanding young Kentuckians.
  • Thirty Days Remain for Companies to File Annual Reports
    Wednesday, June 01, 2005
    Businesses based in Kentucky, both foreign and domestic, are facing an upcoming deadline to file their annual reports with the Office of the Secretary of State.  Secretary of State Trey Grayson is reminding all Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Professional Services Corporations (PSCs) that are registered with the state, that they are required to file an annual report by June 30 of each year; failure to do so will result in the company being listed as in bad standing with the office and could ultimately lead to the entity being administratively dissolved or being revoked of their authority to do business in Kentucky.
  • Cradle to College Wins Nationally Prestigious Grant
    Wednesday, June 01, 2005
    State Treasurer Jonathan Miller and Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that their Cradle to College Commission has been awarded a grant, worth up to $100,000, from the Saving for Education, Entrepreneurship, and Downpayment (SEED) Policy and Practice Initiative. The grant gives the commission $20,000 per year for up to five years and provides assistance from CFED, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to expand economic opportunity.
  • Secretary Grayson Urges Citizens to Focus on Kentucky History in Celebration of Kentucky Statehood Day
    Wednesday, June 01, 2005
    Kentuckians across the Commonwealth will celebrate Kentucky’s acceptance into statehood in conjunction with Kentucky Statehood Day, June 1, 2005.  Along with the traditional celebration, Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging Kentuckians to increase their civic literacy by focusing upon Kentucky’s history.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Kentucky Land Office Website will Include Additional Historical Resources Thanks to Noted Kentucky Historians
    Tuesday, May 24, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the new Kentucky Land Office website will include additional historical resources thanks to noted Kentucky historians and authors.   The site, which recently went through an entire re-design, includes articles, maps, and databases from notables such as Ron Bryant, Neal Hammon, and Bud Salyer.
  • Secretary Grayson Announces Expanded Online Services
    Monday, May 02, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson today officially announced the launch of a new online application that allows constituents to track the progress of service of summonses on nonresidents.  The new service coincides with the recent launch of a new website for the Office of the Secretary of State, which also features online access to business forms previously unavailable via the world wide web.
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Instant Access to Historical Records with the Launch of the New Kentucky Land Office Web Presence.
    Wednesday, April 27, 2005
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Office of the Secretary of State continue to pioneer in using internet technology to provide instant access to historical records in the office’s custody with the recent launch of the new Kentucky Land Office on the Office of the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ky.gov/land.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Launch of Newly-Designed Office Website at http://sos.ky.gov
    Monday, April 25, 2005
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his office now has a new online presence, located at: http://sos.ky.gov/. The Office of the Secretary of State officially launched its redesigned site today.
  • Secretary Grayson Lauds Legislature’s Passage of Senate Bill 7
    Monday, March 21, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised the Kentucky Legislature for passing Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington), which requires schools to be closed on primary election days.  Schools are already required to be closed for general election days.
  • Secretary Grayson Congratulates Legislature on Passage of House Bill 26
    Monday, March 21, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson greeted the news of passage of House Bill 26 with praise for members of the Kentucky Legislature.  The bill, sponsored by Representative Adrian Arnold (D-Mount Sterling), now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
  • Repeal of Taxpayer Funded Political Campaigns Legislation Heads to Governor’s Desk
    Tuesday, March 08, 2005
    The Kentucky Legislature took an historic step today by voting to repeal the largely unpopular and unsuccessful legislation that required taxpayer funding of gubernatorial campaigns in the Commonwealth.  Senate Bill 112, sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown), will now be sent to the Governor’s desk for consideration after the Senate concurred with amendments that the House of Representatives attached to the bill last week.
  • Secretary Grayson Applauds House for Historic Passage of Senate Bill 112.
    Friday, March 04, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised members of the Kentucky House of Representatives after the historic passage of Senate Bill 112 sponsored by Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).  The bill passed today on a floor vote with 78 votes in favor of the bill and 17 in opposition.  The Kentucky Senate approved the bill last month.  Due to amendments, the Senate must concur with the changes.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Releases Report on Civics Summit.
    Thursday, March 03, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson appeared before the Kentucky Senate Education Committee today to release Rediscovering Democracy: A Report on the Kentucky Summit on Civic Literacy.  The report outlines the efforts of the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK) and the corresponding summit that was held last October.
  • Secretary Grayson Applauds House Committee for Passage of Senate Bill 112
    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised members of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs committee after the passage of Senate Bill 112.
  • Secretary Grayson Commends House Committee for Passage of Senate Bill 7
    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised the efforts of the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee for passing legislation that will further protect Kentucky students and elections.  Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Senator Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington), would require schools to be closed on primary election days.  Schools already are required to be closed for general election days.
  • Senate Bill 127 One Step Closer to Becoming Law
    Tuesday, March 01, 2005
    Senate Bill 127 came one step closer to becoming law after the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee passed the bill unanimously today
  • Secretary Grayson Applauds Senate Committee for Passage of House Bill 26
    Wednesday, February 23, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson praised members of the Kentucky Senate State & Local Government committee today, for passing House Bill 26 by a unanimous vote. 
  • Secretary Grayson Commends Senate for Passing Bill 127
    Wednesday, February 23, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-Boone County) commended the Kentucky State Senate for passing Senate Bill 127 which provides a clear process for challenging the bona fides of candidates before Election Day.  The bill passed with overwhelming support in today’s floor vote short after being passed unanimously in a committee vote today.
  • Secretary Grayson Applauds Senate Committee for Quick Action on Senate Bill 112
    Tuesday, February 15, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson commended members of the Kentucky Senate after the passage of Senate Bill 112.  The bill passed with 34 votes in favor of the bill in today’s floor vote. 
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Expansion of Online Services
    Friday, February 11, 2005
    Business entities registered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can now obtain their annual reports with a single click of a mouse on the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website thanks to a new service announced today by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  This new service will allow businesses access to their annual reports nearly two months earlier than was previously available. 
  • Secretary Grayson & Senator Leeper Announce Bill to Provide Guidelines to Settle Election Challenges 
    Wednesday, February 09, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-Boone County) and Senator Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) announced their support today of Senate Bill 127, an act that would require any action commenced in a circuit court challenging candidates for office to be filed no later than 50 days prior to the general election.  The bill already received bi-partisan support from Senator Richie Sanders, Jr. (R-Franklin) and Senator Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift) who have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Elected to Lead Fellow Secretaries of State  
    Tuesday, February 08, 2005
    (Washington, D.C.)  Republican Secretaries of State from across the country elected Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson chairman of their national association while attending the annual winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  The Republican Association of Secretaries of State (RASS) currently includes 26 members from across the country. Grayson was elected to a two-year term that will conclude in February of 2007.
  • Secretary Grayson Applauds House for Quick Action on House Bill 26
    Monday, February 07, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson greeted the news of the Kentucky House of Representatives passage of House Bill 26 with praise for members of the Kentucky House.  The bill passed 97-0 in today’s floor vote.
  • Secretary Grayson Urges Iraqi Citizens to Register to Vote
    Tuesday, January 18, 2005
    With the United States celebrating another successful democratic election during inaugural festivities this week in the nation’s capital, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging Iraqi citizens living in the state to register to vote in the upcoming Iraqi Transitional National Assembly election on January 30, 2005.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Expansion of Online Services
    Wednesday, January 12, 2005
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today the launch of new web services for corporations that are registered within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The launch includes online access to several corporate certificates that could previously only be requested by phone. 
  •  Electors Meet and Cast Votes for President and Vice President of the United States
    Tuesday, December 14, 2004
    Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State Capitol to witness Kentucky’s eight Presidential Electors cast their ballots for President and Vice President of the United States of America. George W. Bush and Richard Cheney received all eight votes for President and Vice-President, respectively.  
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Addresses Congressional Conference on Civic Education
    Thursday, December 09, 2004
    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who recently hosted a state-wide summit on civic literacy, addressed the general assembly at the 2nd Annual Congressional Conference on Civic Education, encouraging attendees to take action.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Addresses Needed Election Reforms
    Tuesday, December 07, 2004
    Appearing before the state legislature’s Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs, Secretary of State Trey Grayson urged legislators to take action on several needed election reforms for the 2005 legislative session.  In his remarks, Grayson placed a high priority on addressing the practice of vote hauling and reinstating an electioneering ban.
  •  Secretary of State Trey Grayson Appointed to Prestigious Post
    Thursday, November 18, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson has been named to the Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard University's renowned Institute of Politics.
  •  Students Make their Choice Known for President & U.S. Senator
    Thursday, October 28, 2004
      Nearly 32,000 Kentucky high school students voted today for their favorite candidates for President of the United States and U.S. Senator.  High school students from across the Commonwealth participated in the National Student Mock Election coordinated by Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
  •  Kentuckians Can Request Time Off To Vote
    Wednesday, October 27, 2004
     No Kentuckian should be prevented from voting in the upcoming election due to their work schedule, if they request leave prior to the day in which they will cast their vote according to Secretary of State Trey Grayson. 
  • Officials Join Together to Monitor Upcoming Election for Voter Fraud
    Thursday, October 21, 2004
    Officials from various agencies from across the Commonwealth stood together recently in the State Capitol Rotunda to emphasize that vote fraud will not be tolerated in the November 2nd election
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Coordinates Mock Election for Kentucky High School Students on October 28, 2004
    Thursday, October 21, 2004
    Over 53,000 Kentucky high school students will go to the polls on October 28, 2004 to vote for their favorite candidates for President of the United States and U.S. Senator, and to voice their opinion on an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution. 
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Coordinates Mock Election for Kentucky High School Students on October 28, 2004
    Thursday, October 21, 2004
    Over 53,000 Kentucky high school students will go to the polls on October 28, 2004 to vote for their favorite candidates for President of the United States and U.S. Senator, and to voice their opinion on an amendment to the Kentucky Constitution. 
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces More Kentuckians than ever are Registered to Vote
    Friday, October 15, 2004
      More Kentuckians than ever before are registered to vote in the upcoming general election according to figures released today by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the State Board of Elections. 
  • Kentucky Convenes the Summit on Civic Literacy
    Wednesday, October 06, 2004
      Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Senator Jack Westwood, Representative Tanya Pullin, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Administrative Office of the Courts, as well as other national and state community leaders came together on October 5th, 2004 to discuss the state of civic literacy among Kentucky’s youth.  
  • Kentucky State Board of Elections Launches Newly-Designed Website
    Friday, October 01, 2004
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections now has a new online presence, located at http://elect.ky.gov. The Elections Board officially launched its redesigned site today.
  • Secretary Grayson Requests Assistance from Media Outlets to Help Protect the Integrity of the 2004 General Election.
    Tuesday, September 28, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson sent a letter to members of the media on behalf of the State Board of Elections requesting that media outlets voluntarily not release the results from races that cross both the Eastern and Central time zones until the polls in the Central time zones have closed at 6:00 p.m. (CST).
  • New Service Works to Assist Military Personnel Vote in the General Election
    Tuesday, September 28, 2004
    The State Board of Elections is partnering with the United States Postal Service, the Department of Defense, and local County Clerks to expedite the delivery of absentee ballots to and from military post offices overseas for this year’s general election.
  • Registration Deadline nears for November General Election
    Friday, September 24, 2004
    Those who wish to vote in the November General Election must register to vote by the close of business on Monday, October 4.
  • Secretary Grayson Requests Assistance from Media Outlets to Help Protect the Integrity of the 2004 General Election.
    Thursday, September 23, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson took a step today to prevent that from occurring in Kentucky’s elections.  Grayson sent a letter to members of the media on behalf of the State Board of Elections requesting that media outlets voluntarily not release the results from races that cross both the Eastern and Central time zones until the polls in the Central time zones have closed at 6:00 p.m. (CST).
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Named to National Leadership Positions  
    Monday, September 13, 2004
      Secretary of State Trey Grayson was recently appointed Vice-Chairman of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s (NASS) standing committee on voter participation and to the advisory committee for Just Democracy, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization established to support fair and honest voting by utilizing the skills and resources of law students on Election Day.  
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Named a GOP “Rising Star” at Republican National Convention
    Monday, September 13, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson was recently honored at the Republican National Convention as a “Rising Star” in the Republican Party by United Leaders, a nonpartisan, nonprofit action tank based at Harvard University Institute of Politics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  •  Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Appeal Filed with the United State Supreme Court in the Anderson v. Spear Case.
    Thursday, July 22, 2004
      Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Office of the Attorney General filed a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Kentucky State Board of Elections in Anderson v. Spear.  This case struck down Kentucky’s “electioneering” law.
  •  Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Launch of the Governor’s Executive Journal Online
    Tuesday, July 20, 2004
      Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced recently the launch of a new online service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Interested parties can now access portions of the Governor’s Executive Journal online at www.kysos.com.
  •  Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces the Receipt of the Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) Grant
    Tuesday, July 13, 2004
      Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chief election officer of the Commonwealth and Chairman of the State Board of Elections, joined Sarah Ball Johnson, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, to announce that the State Board of Elections is a recipient of the federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (EAID) grant.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Asks for Public’s Assistance in Ongoing Criminal Investigation
    Tuesday, July 06, 2004
    Today, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced an ongoing criminal investigation into misappropriation of funds by a state employee in the Records section of the Corporate Filings Division of the Secretary of State’s office.    
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) that Selected Revolutionary War Patents are Now Online
    Friday, June 11, 2004
    At the June 5, 2004, annual Flag Day luncheon hosted by the John Marshall Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Louisville, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced that scanned images for selected patent files are now available online. Researchers can view Revolutionary War documents in their actual format; this includes the official warrant (many of which include red wax seals) presented to the veteran, heir or assignee; the survey authorized by the warrant; and the governor’s grant finalizing the patent.
  •  State Board of Elections Appoints New Members to the McCracken County Board of Elections and Certifies Primary Vote Totals
    Tuesday, June 08, 2004
      The State Board of Elections met today and among their actions appointed members to county board of elections and certified the vote totals from the May 18, 2004 primary election. 
  • Voter Information Center
    Monday, May 17, 2004
    Kentucky voters will now have immediate access to a variety of voter information through the Kentucky State Board of Elections website. 
  • May 18th is Primary Election Day in Kentucky
    Friday, May 14, 2004
      Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 18th to vote in the Kentucky primary.  The election this year falls one week earlier than voters have come accustomed due to a law passed during the 2002 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.  Last year’s primary was also held one week earlier.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces State Board of Elections has decided to appeal the Anderson v. Spear decision by 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court
    Monday, April 26, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the State Board of Elections decided today to file for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court concerning the January 16, 2004 ruling on Anderson v. Spear by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Selected as 2004 Toll Fellow
    Friday, April 16, 2004
    Lexington, KY – Secretary of State Trey Grayson is one of 40 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.
  • Voter Registration Deadline
    Wednesday, March 24, 2004
    The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 19th.  County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day. 
  • Independent Candidate Deadline for Statement of Candidacy Approaching
    Thursday, March 18, 2004
    Candidates seeking public office as an independent candidate must file their Statement-of-Candidacy form by Thursday, April 1, 2004 in order to be placed on the ballot for the November general election.  The Statement-of-Candidacy form for independent candidates is required by KRS 118.365(5) which was enacted by the 2003 General Assembly.
  • House Bill 344
    Tuesday, March 09, 2004
    “I remain committed to House Bill 344.  It protects voters from intimidation and fraud at the polls. If we are unable to keep vote buyers and intimidators away from polling places, fraud will continue to taint Kentucky elections.”
  • House Bill 344
    Tuesday, March 09, 2004
    I would like to reaffirm my commitment to House Bill 344.  This bill and the corresponding committee substitute seeks to reform our elections in a way that is consistent with my pledge to bring good government to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Attends National Association of Secretaries of State Conference with Bardstown Student
    Tuesday, February 24, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently attended the National Association of Secretaries of State’s winter conference held in Washington D.C. and was joined by Jonathan Ballard, a McConnell Scholar and Trustees Scholarship winner at the University of Louisville.   This was Grayson’s first meeting with the Association since being elected to the office in November.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces New Online Service to Access Enacted Legislation
    Monday, February 23, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today a new service that allows Kentucky’s citizens to have greater access and understanding of state government’s operations and the legislative process.  All final versions of bills passed by the House of Representatives and Senate as presented to the governor will now be available to access online.
  • Special Election for the 6th congressional district is Tuesday, February 17, 2004
    Monday, February 09, 2004
    The special election to fill the unexpired term of former 6th district Congressman Ernie Fletcher will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2004.  Congressman Fletcher resigned his office effective on the close of business on December 8, 2003, shortly before being sworn in as Kentucky’s Governor.
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson Visits Millersburg Military Institute
    Monday, February 09, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently visited the Millersburg Military Institute to address the Cadets about the importance of civic engagement for young people.  
  • Special Election for the 95th State House legislative district is Tuesday, February 17, 2004
    Monday, February 09, 2004
    The special election to fill the unexpired term of former 95th district state house representative Gregory D. Stumbo will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2004.  Representative Stumbo resigned his office on January 5, 2004, shortly before being sworn in as Kentucky’s Attorney General.  
  • Secretary Grayson Announces Support for Joint Resolution Relating to Civic Literacy
    Thursday, February 05, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today his support for a joint resolution to establish a committee to convene a summit for civic literacy at Northern Kentucky University.  The resolution was filed today by Senator Jack Westwood and Representative Tanya Pullin.
  • Reaction to the Passing of Governor Louie B. Nunn
    Friday, January 30, 2004
    “Nancy and I were deeply saddened to hear of Governor Nunn’s passing.  He was a true statesman and a fine gentleman filled with integrity.  I have enjoyed getting to know him over the years.  One of my fondest memories from last year’s campaign was when I had the opportunity to visit with Governor Nunn at his home.  Over breakfast, he imparted his wisdom as I listened to his many stories and jokes.  He was more than just a leader for our citizens; he was our friend.  I am particularly touched by the legacy he leaves behind.  He made an enormous impact on the Northern Kentucky region when he founded Northern Kentucky University, and for that I know many are grateful.  After he left office he continued to serve the Commonwealth by fighting for many causes that he loved.  Kentucky has lost a magnificent leader who will be sorely missed.”
  • Secretary of State Announces State Board of Elections has filed a Petition for Rehearing in the Anderson v. Spear decision by 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
    Friday, January 30, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the State Board of Elections has filed a petition for rehearing en banc to the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concerning the January 16, 2004 ruling on Anderson v. Spear.
  • Springfield Native Appointed by Secretary of State
    Thursday, January 29, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the appointment of Springfield native Sarah Ball Johnson to serve as the executive director of Kentucky’s State Board of Elections.  Johnson had previously served as assistant director of the Board of Elections since 1997.
  • Ballot Position Drawing Results
    Thursday, January 29, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today the results of the drawing for ballot position in the May 18th primary election.  The drawing was held for offices that file with the Secretary of State.  Below are the results of the drawing (only those offices that required a drawing are included):
  • Secretary of State Announces Drawing for Ballot Positions Slated for Thursday, January 29th
    Friday, January 23, 2004
    A drawing to determine ballot positions for candidates with primary opposition for U.S. President, U.S Senate, U.S. Congress, Kentucky House and Senate seats, and non-partisan races will be 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, January 29, in the Secretary of State's Office.
  • Secretary of State Announces Decision to file Petition for Rehearing in the Anderson v. Spear decision by 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today during his testimony to the Kentucky House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, & Intergovernmental Affairs his intention to file a Petition for Rehearing to 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals concerning the recent ruling on Anderson v. Spear.
  • Candidate Filing Deadline for 95th House Legislative District Special Election Passes
    Tuesday, January 20, 2004
    Today was the final day for any candidate to file to run in the Kentucky 95th house legislative district special election that will fill the unexpired term of former state representative Gregory Stumbo. 
  • Candidate Filing Deadline for 6th District Special Election Passes
    Tuesday, January 20, 2004
    Today was the final day for any candidate to file to run in the U.S. 6th congressional district special election that will fill the unexpired term of former Congressman Ernie Fletcher. 
  • Secretary of State’s Statement Concerning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decision in Anderson v. Spear.
    Friday, January 16, 2004
    “Our office has received a copy of the decision from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and is reviewing it thoroughly to determine what action is necessary for the upcoming elections in our state.  As we consider options, we will examine every avenue that will best benefit the voters of Kentucky and our election process.  This action may include working with the legislature and governor to craft legislation to remedy any conflicts in our current law with the decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.”
  • Candidate Filing Deadline Approaching
    Wednesday, January 14, 2004
    Candidates seeking public office must file their candidacy papers by 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, in order to be placed on the ballot for the May primary election.
  • State Board of Elections Nominate Presidential Preference Primary Party Candidates who have Qualified for Federal Matching Funds and George W. Bush Files Petition
    Tuesday, January 13, 2004
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections met today in Frankfort and as part of the agenda nominated the following presidential preference primary candidates who have qualified, as of January 13, 2004, for federal matching funds according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) guidelines:
  • Notification of Nomination       KY Presidential Preference Primary - KRS 118.551 - 118.611
    Tuesday, January 13, 2004
    The Kentucky State Board of Elections has nominated you as a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, and your name will appear upon Kentucky’s Presidential Preference Primary ballot on May 18, 2004, provided the following requirements are met:
  • Centre College Graduate Appointed by Secretary of State
    Tuesday, January 13, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the appointment of Prestonsburg, KY native Les Fugate to serve as the Director of Communications for the office of the Secretary of State.  Les Fugate had previously served as the Director of Alumni and Annual Giving for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
  • Voter registration deadline for the 95th house legislative district special election is Tuesday, January 20
    Friday, January 09, 2004
    Those wishing to cast their ballot in the February 17, 2004 95th house legislative district special election must register to vote by the deadline, which is Tuesday, January 20.
  • Voter registration deadline for the 6th congressional district special election is Tuesday, January 20
    Friday, January 09, 2004
    Those wishing to cast their ballot in the February 17, 2004 6th congressional district special election must register to vote by the deadline, which is Tuesday, January 20.
  • Floyd Co. Native Appointed by Secretary of State
    Wednesday, January 07, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the appointment of Prestonsburg, KY native Les Fugate to serve as the Director of Communications for the office of the Secretary of State.  Fugate had previously served as the Director of Alumni and Annual Giving for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
  • Jefferson County Native Appointed by Secretary of State
    Wednesday, January 07, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the appointment of Louisville native Tracy Goff Herman to serve as the Director of Corporations for the office of the Secretary of State.  Tracy had previously served as the Assistant Director of Government Relations for the Kentucky School Boards Association.
  • Owensboro Native Appointed by Secretary of State
    Tuesday, January 06, 2004
    Secretary of State Trey Grayson recently announced the appointment of Owensboro native J. Allen Eskridge to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State.  Allen had previously served as a policy and budget analyst for the Office of State Budget Director Governor’s Office for Policy and Management.