Alison Grimes visits Baker

Published 11:02 am Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited Baker Intermediate School Wednesday morning to talk to students about the functions of her office and enlist them in creating a public service announcement on the importance of voting.

Grimes, a Democrat who is serving her second term as secretary of state, used student volunteers to demonstrate that 70 percent of Kentuckians are registered to vote, but of that number half or fewer actually commit to going to the polls on Election Day.

Together with Baker staff and the students in attendance, Grimes shot a PSA video encouraging all Kentuckians to go out and vote.

Grimes also discussed her work with students, which covers overseeing elections, acting as the chief business official in the state and encouraging civic engagement among Kentuckians.

One way Grimes has tried to make SoS services more available to the general public during her tenure has been to offer more of them online through sos.ky.gov. Grimes even spearheaded online voter registration in Kentucky through the website govoteky.com.

“The 30 percent of Kentuckians who aren’t registered to vote are the youth and minorities,” Grimes said. “So we took the process online. You can now avoid all that paper and go straight to online where you can register to vote.”

And while the fifth- and sixth-graders at Baker don’t yet qualify to cast a ballot, Grimes said there was plenty that they could do to support the democratic process.

“While you may not be able to register or vote because you haven’t reached the age yet, you can make a difference,” Grimes said. “You can make a difference by asking parents, family, friends, neighbors and teachers ‘did you register?’ and ‘did you vote?’ And do you know why? Because your future is what’s at stake.”

Grimes’ visit to Baker coincided with the school’s college and career readiness week, where staff and visitors encourage students to become active in their community.

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Whitney Leggett is managing editor of The Winchester Sun and Winchester Living magazine. To contact her, email whitney.leggett@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0049.

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