“While I am encouraged by the great care taken by the armed services to ensure the safe delivery of ballots and efforts to encourage participation, I also have seen firsthand that there remain significant obstacles to military and overseas voting,” said Grimes. “We must do all that we can to preserve the privileges of citizenship that thousands of Kentuckians dedicate their lives to fighting for.”
A bill, to be called Senate Bill 1, is being sponsored by Senate President-elect Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) and will be introduced during the 2013 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. At press time, that bill hadn’t yet been filed online, but Grimes said it will include the five recommendations she made after a trip last September to Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
According to a recent press release, those recommendations are: implement online voter registration for uniformed service and overseas voters; provide sufficient time for uniformed service and overseas voters to participate in all elections; permit uniformed service and overseas voters to return executed ballots via e-mail; ensure that all uniformed service and overseas voters’ absentee ballots are counted; and adopt the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act.
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