FRANKFORT, Ky (WHAS11) -- Political parties will have to hurry to select candidates for a vacated Kentucky House seat because of new legislation protecting the interests of overseas voters.
To appear on the June 25 ballot in the 56th House District, prospective candidates must be named by May 7, less than two weeks after the resignation of Carl Rollins (D), who resigned from the House of Representatives on April 24 to become CEO and executive director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.
The May 7 deadline reflects a nominating window condensed by three weeks under Senate Bill 1, legislation advocated by Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State. The new law is intended to ensure that military and overseas voters have sufficient time to receive, fill out and return their ballots in time to be counted.
“Hundreds of military and overseas citizens from Woodford, Fayette and Franklin Counties requested absentee ballots in the 2012 General Election,” Grimes said in a news release. “I’m proud that our efforts to protect their right to vote in special elections were successful and their voices will be heard on June 25th.”
Grimes (D) had also sought, unsuccessfully, for the bill to include electronic voting.
The 56th District is comprised of Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin Counties.
The deadline for Republican and Democratic candidates nominated by their party and independent candidates to file their certificates, petitions and declarations with the Secretary of State is Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., EST. Write-in candidates must file with the Secretary of State declarations of intent to be write-in candidates no later than Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., EST.