Alison Lundergan Grimes

Politics
8:37 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Some Kentucky Democrats Wooing Grimes--Not Judd--for Senate Run

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, appearing in Frankfort alongside Senate President Robert Stivers
Credit Kentucky LRC

High-ranking members of the Democratic Party—including a former President—are reportedly trying to convince a new candidate to challenge Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell next year. Some Democrats are concerned about the potential candidacy of actress Ashley Judd, who has been the subject of intense media speculation lately.

According to a report in Politico, some prominent Democrats are trying to convince Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to launch a Senate campaign. The 34-year-old Grimes comes from a family with deep connections to Kentucky Democratic Party politics.

The online political journal says former President Bill Clinton met with Grimes for 35 minutes in Owensboro earlier this month, when Clinton was in town for a fundraiser benefitting the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center. Grimes has also reportedly met with officials from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

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Elections
10:48 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Under Amended E-Voting Bill, Kentucky Military Voters Would Have to Continue Mailing Ballots

Kentucky military personnel could get their election ballots electronically—but the ballots would have to be printed and returned to county clerks via snail mail, under changes made to a bill Thursday in a state Senate committee meeting.

The bill—a priority for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes—originally called for military personnel to be able to get and return ballots electronically.

Senate President Robert Stivers, the bill's sponsor, said concerns for the security of completed ballots returned electronically led him to amend it.

The bill, as amended, advanced Thursday through the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection committee to the senate floor.

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Elections
7:05 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentucky's Senate Bill One Ensures Voting Rights of Soldiers Overseas

Senate President Robert Stivers kept a pledge Friday by sponsoring legislation aimed at ensuring Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas can cast their ballots back home through an electronic transmission system that the secretary of state will be required to develop.

The bill was given the designation "Senate Bill 1," signifying it is the Senate's top priority in the legislative session.

Secretary of State Alison Grimes, who backs the legislation, said 121 soldiers from Kentucky didn't have their ballots counted in last year's election because they didn't arrive back in the state by Election Day.

The biggest proposed change is that soldiers would no longer have to rely on traditional mail to return their ballots. The bill also would allow late ballots to be counted as long as they're back in the state before elections are certified, which happens three days after Election Day.

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Elections
9:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Military Voting Proposal in Kentucky Raises Concerns Over Voter Fraud

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says she wants to make it easier for the state's military personnel to participate in elections. But a major provision is coming under fire from some groups that worry that allowing ballots cast online opens voters to fraud.

The Courier-Journal reports that the chairman of Common Cause of Kentucky delivered a letter to Grimes’ office Wednesday. The letter said the group "strongly recommend against allowing ballots to be cast online via email, efax, or through Internet portals.”

Elections
8:18 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Kentucky to Explore Early Voting

Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting.

Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a news release she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether Kentucky should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.

Grimes says 32 states and the District of Columbia allow such types of voting.

The dates of the meetings will be released in January.

Politics
10:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race

Kentucky native Ashley Judd is thought to be considering a career in politics.

Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea. Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.

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Elections
12:47 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Grimes: Record-Level Turnout Predicted for Tuesday in Kentucky

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is expecting a record number of voters to cast ballots in next week's general election. Grimes, the top state election officer, said Tuesday that legislative races seem to be generating enthusiasm among Kentucky voters.

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Regional
10:21 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Grimes Wants Kentucky Military Personnel to be Able to Vote Via Email

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.

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Politics
7:59 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Grimes Wants Fewer Challenges for Deployed Soldiers Trying to Vote

Kentucky's secretary of state is one of a half-dozen from across the country going the Middle East to assist soldiers to vote. The Lexington Herald-Leader says the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Department of Defense asked Alison Lundergan Grimes to spend two weeks in September traveling in Afghanistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to meet with American uniformed soldiers.

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Politics
11:08 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kentucky Woman to Cast Ballot for First Time in Over Eight Decades

Margaret Harris hasn't voted in an election in 84 years. But she intends to on November 6. The 105-year-old Harrodsburg resident was born 14 years before American women got the right to vote.

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