Ky. secretary of state to speak at NKU Oct. 17

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Kentucky Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
to Speak on Kentucky's Civic Health Oct. 17 at NKU

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will deliver a free public address at Northern Kentucky University at 2 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the University Center Otto Budig Theater.

Grimes, who is the state’s chief elections officer, will discuss the civic health of the commonwealth and offer her reflections on the upcoming general election on Nov. 6.

“This is a great opportunity for students and the public to meet a top state official up close and ask questions about public service,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which is co-hosting the event with the NKU Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. “There will be time, as well, to relay your thoughts about what state government should be doing to foster more participation in elections and public affairs.”

In March, Grimes released Kentucky’s first “Civic Health Index,” benchmarking the state’s voter turnout, political involvement, volunteerism, group membership and community and family relationships. Overall, the report warned that civic engagement in Kentucky is sliding. For example, Kentuckians’ rates of volunteerism and charitable contributions have declined and are below the national average. However, the report did have some good news: Kentucky’s voter registration and voter turnout are above the national average, at 66.9 percent and 46.8 percent, respectively.

During her campaign in 2011 and since taking office, Grimes has taken a particular interest in motivating young people to vote. She recently announced a partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election to underscore the importance of civic participation and she is joining a national forum this week in connection with the vice presidential debate in Danville.

Grimes is Kentucky’s 76th secretary of state and its only current female constitutional officer. In 2011, she left her successful law practice to dedicate herself full time to serving the citizens of Kentucky. Grimes is a native of Maysville, Ky. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where she served as a trustee to the board of directors. Grimes obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

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