Politics & Government

Vote online for slogan to encourage Kentucky voters to go to polls

FRANKFORT — It might not stir the passions of "Go Big Blue," but "Set your goal to go to the poll" or another slogan like it might motivate some Kentuckians to vote in this year's elections.

That's the hope of Kentucky's office of secretary of state.

For the 21st year, it is conducting a contest required by law to come up with a slogan to put on this year's election materials to encourage citizens to vote.

The office is asking Kentuckians to select online their favorite election slogan to be used on various election materials distributed in county clerks' offices across the state.

Students in grades six through eight have submitted potential voting slogans as part of the annual contest sponsored by the Kentucky Education Association and the University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.

"Our sponsors and teachers across the commonwealth have allowed thousands of Kentucky students to become further engaged in important civic discussions via this outstanding contest," said Trey Grayson, Kentucky's secretary of state who stepped aside from the office this weekend to take a job at Harvard University.

"I encourage all Kentuckians to support these young people by voting for your favorite slogan."

To vote for a slogan, visit Sos.ky.gov/sloganpoll by Feb. 11.

This year's entries range from "They fought for the right; the rest is up to you" to "Kentuckians who don't vote are like Muhammad Ali without gloves."

Les Fugate, Grayson's deputy assistant, said the entries were pared to 20 by volunteers from the contest's sponsors, and they are displayed online without the name of the submitting students to make sure votes are cast simply on merit.

The winning slogan carries a prize of up to a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond, he said.

Last year's winning slogan was "Race on over and become a registered voter," submitted by Kolt Allen Boddy of Benton Middle School in Marshall County.

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