Special Election First Test of Military Voting Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A special legislative election in central Kentucky could be the first test of Kentucky's new military voting law passed earlier this year to help ensure soldiers deployed to foreign counties get to cast ballots back home.

Gov. Steve Beshear set the election for June 25 to replace former state Rep. Carl Rollins who resigned earlier this week to become executive director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. That election date, some two months off as required now, will allow more time for county clerks to send absentee ballots to military personnel and others serving overseas.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said election officials needed the additional time because absentee ballots from 121 Kentucky soldiers didn't arrive back in the state before Election Day last year and weren't counted.

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