Grimes: Bill limiting secretary of state’s power will disrupt elections

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Secretary Grimes released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 34. The Republican sponsored bill aims to strip Secretary Grimes and future Secretaries of States of integral powers to oversee elections.

Here is the full statement:

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This legislation will disrupt Kentucky’s 2019 elections,” Grimes said. “I am disappointed that the Republican majority is attempting to polarize the fair and impartial administration of elections in Kentucky by stripping the Secretary of State’s Office of its ability to discharge the legal duties of the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official. I will carefully review any legislation enacted and take all legal actions necessary to preserve the integrity of Kentucky’s elections.  The Republican effort to now change the laws applicable to the Secretary of State’s Office makes clear that my office has at all times discharged its duties in compliance with existing law.