Press Release: June 24, 2005, on the Kentucky Secretary of State's Website.

With Kentucky's economy diversifying through foreign based companies who now call the Commonwealth home, Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the Office of the Secretary of State's website will offer translations into six new languages. The new service makes the website one of the first multilingual websites in Kentucky state government.

The site is translated through an automated and computerized process and occurs dynamically, allowing the site to be translated immediately after it is updated in English. The site will now be accessible in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, and traditional Chinese. Forms for the office are not translated as Chapters 271, 273, & 275 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes require documents to be in the English language.

All visitors to the website whose computers are programmed with the appropriate characters will have access to the translations.

Nearly 2% of the 1.8 million yearly visitors to the Secretary of State's website come from foreign countries. The languages chosen primarily reflect constituents' requests & the primary languages of international visitors most frequently accessing the site.