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Debate continues over military voting by email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House is continuing its crusade to allow members of the military to vote by email while serving overseas, a measure that's certain to meet opposition in the Senate during the final days of the legislative session.

The Democratic-led House on Monday voted 57-42, mainly along party lines. Republicans in both the House and Senate are concerned an emailed vote could not be secret, a requirement in the state constitution. But proponents, mainly Democrats, say an emailed ballot could help ensure servicemembers' votes are counted on time.

About 300 overseas ballots of nearly 3,700 arrived in the mail too late to be counted during the 2012 election, according to Kentucky's secretary of state's office.

The measure now proceeds to the Senate, where leaders oppose it.

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The legislation is Senate Bill 1.

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