Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recently participated in events to support Kentucky’s veterans. On June 14, 2013, she hosted an exhibit and spoke at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Expo Job Fair in Ashland, and on June 21, 2013, she addressed attendees at the annual Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars State Convention in Louisville.

The June 14th Job Fair, hosted by Morehead State University, was one of 400 veterans’ events nationwide. The fairs assist veterans and military spouses in finding meaningful employment and continuing to have an impact upon completing their service. The June 21st State VFW Convention brought together VFW members from posts across Kentucky. The VFW provides assistance to veterans and their families and communities.

Kentucky is home to more than 350,000 veterans. Protecting our veterans’ voting rights and their ability to continue serving their communities by starting businesses is a top priority for Grimes.

“Our active-duty and veteran military members and their families make tremendous sacrifices to protect us and our liberties,” said Grimes. “They deserve our full support at all stages, especially at the ballot box and in the boardrooms through business initiatives.”

Addressing veterans at both events, Grimes highlighted her office’s efforts through Senate Bill 1 to ensure that military voters can meaningfully participate in all elections. “Our service members should not have to add the right to vote to the list of sacrifices they make in wearing the uniform,” she said. “I am proud of the first steps my office was able to take this session to protect our military and overseas voters’ access to the ballot box.”

In September 2012, Grimes traveled to the Middle East to assess and recommend improvements to military voting procedures. Her recommendations formed the basis for Senate Bill 1, which was passed by the General Assembly during the 2013 Regular Session. Senate Bill 1 will allow military and overseas citizens to register to vote and update their registration online, ensure that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to vote in special elections and extend existing protections to state and local elections and National Guard members.

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