More than two thousand absentee ballots have been sent to Kentuckians in military service and other voters overseas. With the presidential election less than six weeks away, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says it’s important to allow for time and distance. “The process of receiving, filling out, and returning an absentee ballot, whether you are in the middle east or here in the United States, it can take weeks, especially for those active duty military members that I saw,” said Lundergan Grimes.
Lundergan Grimes recently returned from a trip to the Middle East. She says service men and women have a keen interest in the Democratic process.
“While they are interested in participating in the process, they want assurances that their vote counts. Many of them recall the presidential election of 2000 where it came out afterwards that many military ballots down in Florida were not counted and I had to reassure them that here in Kentucky they have a secretary of state that appreciates their voice,” added Lundergan Grimes.
The Secretary of State says there are also some election law changes proposed for the 2013 state general assembly.
“Those recommendations include making sure that our men and women in the military, right now we can currently send them their blank ballots over email that we are able to keep up with them and allow them to send that ballot back to us and execute it as an attachment to email,” said Lundergan Grimes.
Currently, military personnel must send their absentee ballots through standard mail. Lundergan Grimes says another recommendation allows on-line voter registration.