Grimes suing over absentee ballot process

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Associated Press

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is suing over the absentee ballot process for military and overseas voters.

Grimes says there are several special elections set for the same day as the General Election this year and others could be scheduled, including one to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis in the 4th Congressional District.

Grimes says Kentucky law currently doesn't provide enough time for those overseas to vote and is inconsistent with federal requirements. A statement from Grimes' office Friday said the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Voting Act requires states to send the ballot no later than 45 days before an election, or within three days of receiving the request, while Kentucky law allows candidates in special elections to file up to 28 days before the vote.

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