Kentucky lawmakers vote to limit secretary of state‘s power

By – Associated Press – Thursday, March 14, 2019

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The has voted to remove the secretary of state as a voting member of the state Board of Elections and limit the office’s access to a database of registered voters.

The Kentucky House of Representatives approved House Bill 114 by a vote of 56-39. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk.

The vote comes after two employees at the State Board of Elections accused Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes of wielding excessive power over the board and using her access to the voter registration database for political purposes.

Grimes denied the allegations, saying her office has “at all times” followed the law. In a news release, Grimes said she is considering legal action.

Grimes is a Democrat. The is controlled by Republicans.

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