Voters can honor Kentucky veterans’ service by casting their ballots in their honor during the upcoming general election on Nov. 8. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians to participate in her office’s “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program.
“The more than 300,000 veterans who live in our Commonwealth deserve our respect and admiration for their service. All of them have given of themselves to protect our rights – especially the right to vote – and many gave their lives,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “We owe it to them to go to the polls on Election Day and cast our vote in their honor.”
Voters can request a “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” button from their county clerk or the Secretary of State’s office. The button can be personalized to include the name of a veteran the voter will honor on Election Day. Voters can also submit online tributes to the veterans they are honoring at sos.ky.gov.
Grimes is passionate about supporting Kentucky’s active-duty and veteran military members and their families. As Secretary of State, Grimes has advocated on their behalf in a range of issues from voting to business creation to job opportunities, and she played an integral role in the creation of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame.
Following a trip to the Middle East, Grimes fought for improved voting procedures for deployed military which resulted in the Commonwealth’s first Kentucky Military Heroes Voting Initiative, allowing military to receive absentee ballots through a secure online portal and cutting out weeks in the military absentee process. More than 4,500 military and overseas voters have utilized the portal ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. Military voters who qualify can access the portal at GoVoteKY.com.