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Today is the deadline to register to vote in the November 5 election and Kentucky’s secretary of state is issuing a warning to voters. 

Alison Lundergan Grimes is urging citizens to check their voter registration status to make sure they aren’t considered inactive. 

The Kentucky Democratic Party recently filed a complaint, alleging more than 150,000 voters had been put on an inactive list by the State Board of Elections as part of an effort to clean up the state’s voter registration rolls.

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Former Miss America Heather French Henry says her experience working with veterans would translate well to the Secretary of State’s office.  The Democratic nominee spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday.

As former Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, French-Henry says she worked with the Secretary of State’s Office to create polling locations in veterans’ nursing homes and to eliminate filing fees for new veteran-owned businesses, among other things.  She says leading the department gave her administrative, fiscal, and legislative experience.


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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes clashed with the State Board of Elections on Tuesday after revelations that the board had placed more than 165,000 people on an “inactive list” in the state’s voter registration system.

Representatives from the State Board of Elections say people on the “inactive list” will be removed from the voter rolls if they don’t update their registrations or vote in the next two federal elections.

But they will still be able to vote during the upcoming November elections when Kentuckians will weigh in on races for governor, attorney general and other statewide offices.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party says that more than 150,000 Kentucky voters have been put on an “inactive list” by the State Board of Elections as part of an effort to clean the state’s voter registration rolls.

The development comes ahead of Kentucky’s elections for governor, attorney general and other statewide offices this November.


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is disputing claims that her office is preparing to remove up to a quarter-million Kentuckians from the voter registration rolls. 

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in 2017 that claimed Kentucky had more registered voters than citizens over the age of 18.  The conservative watchdog group alleged that the state’s failure to remove ineligible voters violated the National Voter Registration Act.


Grimes Predicts About 12.5% Turnout for Kentucky Primary

May 16, 2019

Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5% of the state's registered voters will turn out for next week's primary election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday it appears turnout next Tuesday will be consistent with past primary elections, based partly on current absentee voting patterns.

Grimes says it's "not OK" for such a small portion of Kentuckians to vote and says she hopes more Kentuckians go to the polls to prove her prediction wrong.

Grimes Contests Law Removing Her Power Over Elections Board

May 7, 2019
J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky's secretary of state has challenged a new state law removing her power over the State Board of Elections, claiming the action by Republican lawmakers amounts to an unconstitutional infringement of her executive authority.

The lawsuit by Alison Lundergan Grimes, one of the state's most prominent Democrats, warns "confusion and uncertainty" will surround Kentucky's May 21 primary election unless the law is invalidated.

Grimes filed the lawsuit Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court. It seeks an injunction blocking the law's implementation and a ruling that it violates Kentucky's Constitution.

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A Republican candidate for Kentucky secretary of state will not have his professed nickname, “Trump,” printed on the primary ballot this spring, according to a directive from current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes issued a statement on Friday saying that she removed candidate Carl Nett’s nickname after receiving a complaint from another candidate.

“The Secretary of State’s Office determined that the candidate in question offered this so-called nickname in an improper attempt to gain an advantage on the ballot,” Grimes wrote.

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A former Miss America is preparing a walk on Kentucky's political stage.  Heather French Henry is launching a bid for Secretary of State. 

Bob Silverthorn, a spokesman for French Henry, confirmed to WKU Public Radio that she will file for the statewide office on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the secretary of state's office in the Capitol.

The Democrat filed a letter of intent on Jan. 22 with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin fundraising. 

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she won’t run for governor or any other statewide office this year.

In a statement released Monday, Grimes said that she had been considering a campaign to become Kentucky’s second female governor but ended speculation that she would do so.

“While I am grateful for the confidence, support and friendship from thousands of supporters across this state, I have decided not to run another statewide campaign this year,” Grimes said.

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At 3.3 million, a record number of Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the November general election, according to the Secretary of State's Office. 

The commonwealth will try to grow its voter rolls even further on Tuesday in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day. 

Many agencies, high schools, and colleges and universities in Kentucky will be conducting voter registration drives with the signup deadline only two weeks away.

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An ethics panel issued an advisory opinion saying that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes can’t run for statewide office and serve as the chair of the bipartisan board that oversees elections.

The opinion comes as Grimes, a Democrat, is mulling a possible run for governor or attorney general next year and allegations from elections staff that she improperly accessed voter registration data and addresses of the state’s 15,000 poll workers.

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The Kentucky Personnel Board has voted to investigate Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ use of the state’s voter registration database.

Kentucky State Board of Elections Executive Director Jared Dearing asked the board to investigate. He said Grimes and her office have been using the database to look up the political party affiliation of current and potential employees.

Grimes, as Secretary of State, is chairwoman of the State Board of Elections.

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The father of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has pleaded not guilty in federal court to making illegal contributions to his daughter’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign against Republican Mitch McConnell.

Jerry Lundergan spoke little during a brief hearing in Lexington. His co-defendant, veteran Democratic political consultant Dale Emmons, also pleaded not guilty.

Kentucky GOP Files Ethics Complaint Against Grimes

Sep 4, 2018
Alix Mattingly

The Republican Party of Kentucky has filed an ethics complaint against Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The complaint says Grimes is not complying with a previous ruling from the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. RPK Executive Director Sarah Van Wallaghen wrote in a complaint filed Friday that a commission opinion from 2010 stated the Secretary of State does not have access to the statewide voter registration database.

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