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99 new U.S. citizens naturalized in Louisville

Secretary of State encourages new Kentuckians to register to vote

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 8, 2016) — Today at a naturalization ceremony held today at the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution headquarters in Louisville 99 new citizens from 39 different countries took the oath of citizenship to officially become Americans.

“I have attended many naturalization ceremonies, and I am just as proud and honored to be here with you today as I was at the first,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told the new citizens. “The American Dream is alive in the hearts and lives of so many of you, and I know today one of your dreams has been fulfilled. We officially and proudly welcome you as citizens of the commonwealth.”

Grimes encouraged the new citizens to register to vote via Kentucky’s new online registration portal, GoVoteKY.com. The portal is easy to navigate, and it takes just a few short minutes to complete the entire registration process, Grimes said.

“If 15,000 Kentuckians can use GoVoteKY.com, you can too — and you can do so with a smartphone or computer,” she told the new citizens.

Grimes has been traveling the state encouraging Kentuckians to use GoVoteKY.com to register or to update their registration ahead of the April 18 deadline for the May Primary Election. About one-third of eligible Kentuckians are not registered to vote.