Alison Lundergan Grimes

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A fired staff member of the State Board of Elections is alleging that the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office improperly handled voter information and awarded a security contract to a campaign donor without proper approval.

Matt Selph, who was the assistant director of the State Board of Elections until Tuesday, said he was fired for “asking questions” about the operations of the board, which is chaired by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Alix Mattingly

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will donate campaign funds contributed to her 2014 race for U.S. Senate by embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Republican Party of Kentucky called on Grimes to donate the contributions to a charity after the New York Times published an article last week detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein.

Kentucky's attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down an Ohio law that he thinks suppresses the vote.  Andy Beshear’s action is aimed at preventing a similar law in the commonwealth.

Under the Ohio law, citizens are removed from the voter rolls if they fail to cast a ballot during any two-year period.  Supporters say the move improves the accuracy of voter rolls. 

Given there are no Kentucky elections this year, Beshear says a similar law could disenfranchise every Kentuckian who failed to vote in 2016 by barring them from casting ballots in 2018.  He says certain voters would be disproportionately excluded, such as minorities, low-income, and disabled voters. 

Alix Mattingly

Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is skipping this year's Fancy Farm Picnic in Graves County. 

In a statement from her office, Grimes said she will instead be attending her nephew's little league state championship game.

The list of confirmed Democratic speakers is now Attorney General Andy Beshear and House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins.

WKU Public Radio

Kentucky’s Secretary of State is again refusing a request to provide state voter information to a federal committee.

In a statement released by her office, Alison Lundergan Grimes said she was declining for a second time the request from her Kansas counterpart, Kris Kobach, who is the head of the Committee on Election Integrity created by President Trump.

The commission was formed after the president claimed millions of people cast illegal ballots in last year’s election. No evidence exists to support the claim.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says her office will not release state voter data to President Donald Trump’s election commission.

Trump, a Republican, formed the commission to investigate alleged voter fraud, which he has repeatedly claimed was widespread despite evidence to the contrary. As The Hill reported today, the commission’s vice chairmen sent a letter today requesting several pieces of information about voters.

Lisa Autry

More Kentuckians are getting involved in their communities, but fewer citizens are trusting of the media.  Those are some of the findings contained in the 2016 Civic Health Index released by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Speaking Wednesday at Western Kentucky University, Grimes said the growing distrust of the media is perpetuated by fake news.  As more people get their news online, she said it’s important to get it from multiple sources.

"While it makes people feel good about hearing the same news they like over and over again, and they're communicating with folks of similar values, they're not hearing both sides of a story, and importantly, there's someone making a profit off all of this," Grimes told WKU Public Radio.

Grimes Predicts 60 Percent Voter Turnout On Tuesday

Nov 2, 2016
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Kentucky’s top election official estimates 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots on Tuesday.

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said that’s on par with the turnout from the 2012 presidential election, when 59 percent of registered voters cast ballots. In 2008, the turnout was 64 percent.

Grimes said 47,000 people have cast in-person absentee ballots, up from 37,000 at this same time four years ago. The state has also issued 39,700 mail-in absentee ballots, of which 26,000 have been returned.

A record 3.3 million people are registered to vote in Tuesday’s election. For president, in addition to the Democratic and Republican candidates, Kentucky voters will have 23 registered write-in candidates to choose from. Elections are also scheduled for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislative seats.

Want to Vote in November? Get Registered Tuesday

Oct 11, 2016
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If you want to vote in November's election, the deadline to register is here.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is holding an event in Louisville with the League of Women Voters on Tuesday to mark the voter registration deadline. Grimes and other elected officials will be at the league's headquarters, where Grimes announced a year ago that Kentucky would allow voters to register online.

Grimes said in a statement that since the online registration portal opened, almost 90,000 people have registered to vote.

Kentuckians can use GoVoteKY.com to register or update their registration. People must be registered by Tuesday to vote in the general election on Nov. 8.

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More than 36,000 Kentuckians have used the Commonwealth’s online voter registration system -- setting a new record five months since its launch.  

More than 10,000 people used the portal GoVoteKY.com to register to vote for the first time, including more than 2,700 18-year-olds.  

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says online voter registration improves the accuracy of voter rolls and will lead to a major cost savings for the state.  

"The energy surrounding our new online voter registration system is amazing," said Grimes. "These new numbers prove that Kentuckians are excited about online registration." 

More than 26,000 have used the system to make a change or update to their registration. The system's oldest user was a 98-year-old.

Alix Mattingly

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has portrayed Donald Trump as "an unsteady, unqualified bully" while offering insights about Hillary Clinton's personal side in a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Grimes on Tuesday recounted her long friendship with Clinton, and stressed Clinton's support for equal pay for women, voting rights, affordable health care and pensions for retired coal miners.

Grimes described Clinton as a family-oriented grandmother who enjoys watching HGTV and eating buffalo wings. She recalled how Clinton checked up on her while she was in law school and was the first to call her after her grandmothers died.

She portrayed Trump as "an unsteady, unqualified bully who points fingers rather than offering a hand to those who are defenseless."

Grimes lost to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in a high-profile race in 2014.

Abbey Oldham, PBS Newshour

Kentucky’s Secretary of State says Americans can expect a big contrast between this week’s Democratic National Convention and last week’s Republican gathering in Cleveland.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is speaking at her party’s convention in Philadelphia. She told WKU Public Radio Democrats will offer a more positive view of the U.S. than the one described by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“You’re going to see people from all across this nation, and importantly, our nominee, that believe America is already great. And we need a President that recognizes that, and will build upon that—unite people, not dividing them with hateful rhetoric.”

Grimes called Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a role model and friend for more than 24 years. The Clinton family is close with Grimes and her family, including Jerry Lundergan, Grimes' father and former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Grimes' mother, Charlotte Lundergan, is a superdelegate pledged to support Clinton.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will speak to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

Grimes was one of dozens of speakers added to the agenda on Thursday. The secretary of state is in her second term in office, having narrowly won re-election in November.

Grimes gained national prominence in 2014 for her challenge to veteran U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. McConnell won the race and would go on to become Senate majority leader.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned for Grimes several times in her Senate campaign. The Clinton family is close with Grimes and her family, including Jerry Lundergan, Grimes' father and former chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

Grimes' mother, Charlotte Lundergan, is a superdelegate pledged to support Clinton.

Grimes Predicts 20 Percent Turnout For Kentucky Primaries

May 11, 2016
Kevin Willis, WKU Public Radio

Kentucky’s top election official says she expects 20 percent of the state’s more than 3.2 million registered voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said more than 12,000 people have already cast absentee ballots for a host of local, state and federal races. Of those, 7,533 were cast by registered Democrats and 4,821 were cast by registered Republicans.

The race most likely to drive turnout will be the Democratic presidential primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Kentucky will not have a Republican presidential primary. The state party held a presidential caucus in March, which was won by Donald Trump.

Grimes said the lack of a Republican presidential race will likely drive down turnout on the Republican side.

Lisa Autry

One-third of eligible Kentuckians are not registered to vote, but the state’s chief election officer hopes to change that with online voter registration. 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says more than 15,000 Kentuckians have logged on to GoVoteKY.com to register or update their registration since launching three weeks ago. 

Speaking at Western Kentucky University Thursday, Grimes said online registration has several benefits.

"As other states have experienced, it will help us increase the accuracy of our voter registration rolls and offer the convenience that the voters have demanded, and allow us to reach those Kentuckians who aren't yet registered," Grimes explained.  "The accessibility is a great factor."

Eligible voters previously had to visit their county clerk’s office or mail a voter registration application.

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