Kentucky Secretary of State

The Kentucky Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Elections.  The complaint stems from the board placing around 170,000 voters on an inactive list.

The Kentucky Democratic Party said it became aware of the inactive list after noticing that the state’s voter registration numbers declined by more than 167,000 between June and July. 

Democrats called on the board last month to halt the policy and restore the voter registration rolls.

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The Kentucky Republican hoping to succeed Alison Lundergan Grimes as Secretary of State believes the office is on probation until Grimes’ term ends in January. 

Michael Adams, an election law attorney in Louisville, is pledging to restore confidence in the office if elected in November. 

The state legislature stripped Grimes of some of her authority over elections after a member of the Kentucky Board of Elections filed a complaint alleging she abused her power.  Grimes has adamantly denied the claims, calling them politically motivated.  Adams says he doesn’t think the action was aimed at the office, but the officeholder.


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.

On a September afternoon at Western Kentucky University, pop culture mingled with politics during a Rock the Vote registration drive.  A recording of Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" played in the background, as Jeb Veeck with College Republicans manned an information table on campus.

"Are you thinking about joining College Republicans?", he asked a student.

As a Republican, Veeck has a lot of company.  In Kentucky, the GOP has been outpacing the Democratic party in terms of new voters for many years. 

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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.


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.


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Democrat Heather French Henry and Republican Michael Adams will face off in the November election for Kentucky Secretary of State.

French Henry, currently the Kentucky Deputy Veteran Affairs Commissioner, emerged from a group of four Democrats vying for Kentucky Secretary of State. French Henry also was the former Veteran Affairs Commissioner under former Gov. Steve Beshear. In Tuesday’s primary, with about 93 percent of precincts reporting, she had won about 71 percent of the Democrat votes.

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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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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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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.

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The Kentucky State Board of Elections has voted to reaffirm its policy of not posting lists of write-in candidates in polling places.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear's office issued an opinion last week saying posting a list of certified write-in candidates at polling places would not violate the state's electioneering ban.

If implemented, the rule would benefit at least six current or former teachers who are running write-in campaigns for the state legislature.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is asking lawmakers to pass legislation next year to ensure that Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas are able to cast ballots. One of the measures Grimes proposed during a Capitol press conference on Wednesday would allow soldiers to return absentee ballots via email, lifting a requirement that ballots be send back via the U.S. Postal Service.