Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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February 27, 2013

Absentee ballot bill passes

FRANKFORT —  It doesn’t quite match what Secretary of State Alison Grimes had in mind, but the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to make it easier for military personnel to cast absentee ballots 37-0.

The bill is sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and allows military personnel stationed outside of Kentucky to request voter registration and absentee ballots by e-mail. But it does not permit their return by e-mail, something Grimes wanted and which several Democratic senators said should be included.

Stivers, however, said concerns about the integrity of those ballots and identity of voters prompted the Kentucky County Clerks’ Association and Common Cause of Kentucky to ask that provision be deleted.

Stivers said the “executed ballots must be returned by mail, Fed Ex or UPS.” It also removes another provision sought by Grimes — allowing votes to be counted so long as they were transmitted by Election Day but received before the final vote was certified — usually about a week after the election.

Stivers’ version requires ballots to be received by 6 p.m. of Election Day.

For the rest of the story, read Wednesday's print and e-editions.

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