Alison Lundergan Grimes was the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s 76th Secretary of State. In her work, she championed the ideal that's at her core: every person deserves a fair shake and an equal chance.
Secretary Grimes was recognized nationally as a leading voice in the fight to protect voting rights, and breaking down barriers to the ballot box. During her tenure, she launched online voter registration (GoVoteKY.com) and led the Commonwealth’s largest statewide voter registration effort. This success resulted in the use of e-poll books which saved the Commonwealth millions while making Election Day more efficient and secure.
After travelling to the Middle East to assess military voting, Secretary Grimes made history in passing Kentucky’s first-ever Military Heroes Voting Bill. By 2019, Over 11,000 military and overseas citizens had used Kentucky’s online military portal which ensures our military and overseas voters timely receive their ballots. Secretary Grimes was a leading partner for victims of domestic violence, she launched Kentucky’s inaugural Address Confidentiality Program, and was steadfast advocate for the restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons who paid their debt to society
As Secretary of State, she grew Kentucky’s economy at home and abroad, with numerous economic development efforts with Taiwan and China. She modernized and streamlined government services to make sure Kentucky’s doors are truly open for small businesses. Her efforts, included a nationally-recognized one-stop business portal and numerous legislative measures that helped veteran owned businesses and nonprofits, helped businesses to spend less time interacting with government and more time creating jobs and giving back to their communities. Nearly 300,000 new businesses were started under Secretary Grimes’ administration.
Governing by example, Secretary Grimes worked hard to ensure “y’all” means Kentucky welcomes all. She attended over 100 naturalization ceremonies, welcoming Kentucky’s newest U.S. citizens and encouraged outreach to Kentucky’s refugee community
As a staunch supporter of public education, Secretary Grimes had an intense focus on driving citizen engagement, including unveiling Kentucky’s first-ever Civic Health Initiative. She’s led the statewide effort to legalize medical marijuana in support of thousands of Kentuckians – especially veterans – who seek an alternative to addictive opioids. And she persisted in the fight to end hunger by educating the Commonwealth on the epidemic which affects 1 in every 5 Kentucky children. Her statewide food drive provided over 267,850 meals to families across the Commonwealth.
During her tenure, Secretary Grimes has received numerous honors and accolades.
Through goals met and promises kept, Secretary Grimes kept Kentucky open for business, grew Kentucky’s economy, and broke down barriers to the ballot box, while revolutionizing and expanding the role of the office to help more Kentuckians.