Kentucky Secretary of State

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The Secretary of State is designated by KRS 117.015 as the chief Election Officer of the Commonwealth and as such is chairman of the State Board of Elections. As Chairman of the State Board of Elections, the Secretary is responsible, along with members of the state board, for maintaining a complete roster of all qualified registered voters within the state by county and precinct; for furnishing each county clerk with a master list of all registered voters in the county; and for maintaining all information furnished to the state board regarding the inclusion or deletion of names from the voting roster. State laws designate the Secretary of State as the leading advocate for increased voter education, registration, and participation in elections.

The Secretary of State is the filing official for candidates seeking statewide office or an office to be voted for by the electors of more than one county; for members of Congress; members of the General Assembly and for all judicial candidates.

The number of votes received by each of these candidates and the total number of votes cast for and against any proposed constitutional amendments are certified by the county board of elections to the Secretary of State, who delivers the totals to the State Board of Elections.

The Secretary of State appoints notaries public, and in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, issues Kentucky Colonel Commissions.

In addition, the Secretary of State is the keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and maintains records of all official acts of the Governor as well as all legislation passed by the General Assembly. The position of Secretary of State is currently held by Trey Grayson.

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Contact Information

  • Street Address: 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 80, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
  • Phone:(502) 564-3490
  • Fax:(502) 564-5687


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