(Frankfort, KY) In a news release from the Office of The Secretary of State: the Kentucky House of Representatives voted today to allow early voting in Kentucky, a voting procedure that allows voters to vote absentee ballots without having an excuse as currently required in the Commonwealth. The historic vote on House Bill 138 is the first time that early voting has passed out of a chamber in the Kentucky Legislature and is sponsored by Rep. Milward Dedman (D-Harrodsburg) and co-sponsored by Rep. Rob Wilkey (D-Scottsville).
"Kentuckians should be allowed to vote the way that they live. This legislation would bring Kentucky in line with 35 other states who currently allow some form of early voting," remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson. "It is high time that Kentucky modernizes its voting procedures to reflect the way that we interact in the 21st Century."
Under the proposal, Kentucky counties would be required to allow voters to cast their ballot in-person at a location designated by the county clerk at least 12 working days prior to Election Day. The legislation mirrors the current absentee rules in Kentucky but allows voters to voter without having an excuse. Currently, voters must meet one of eight excuses to be able to cast a ballot at the county clerks' offices before Election Day.