On April 30, 2013, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes kicked off a statewide series of five town hall meetings to review and recommend improvements to Kentucky’s election laws with a forum at Morgan County High School in West Liberty.

The Election Advisory meetings draw input from the public, as well as election administrators, elected officials, political parties and representatives of voting rights groups.

“These meetings will help make sure our laws take into account voters’ experiences and opinions so that every eligible Kentuckian has a chance to be meaningfully involved in elections,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official.

Morgan County Clerk Randy Williams said, “I greatly appreciate Secretary Grimes and her office inviting county clerks, other county officials and the citizens of the Commonwealth to actively participate in the discussion about improving the election process in Kentucky.”

Grimes’ recommendations to improve voting procedures for military and overseas citizens and to protect domestic violence victims and absentee voters’ right to vote were recently enacted by the General Assembly and signed into law. The Election Advisory meetings will explore additional areas, including early voting and/or unexcused absentee voting and registration and voting procedures. Upon completion of the meetings, Grimes will compile the feedback and make any necessary legislative and regulatory recommendations.

Elected officials, including several county clerks, from Johnson, Magoffin, Morgan and Rowan Counties, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Bar Association and members of the community attended the Morgan County event. The discussion covered a range of topics, including whether Kentucky should allow online registration and early voting and the efficiency of the state’s current absentee voting procedures.

The four remaining meetings are tentatively scheduled as follows:

• Wednesday, May 22 – Kenton County
• Wednesday, May 29 – Jefferson County
• Monday, June 3 – McCracken County
• Thursday, June 20 – Madison County

“Elections are the foundation of our democracy,” said Grimes. “These forums allow us to hear the voices we’re trying to protect and to truly be responsive to Kentucky voters.”

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