Grimes seeks feedback on early voting in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting.

Alison Lundergan Grimes said she plans to hold public meetings statewide next year to discuss whether Kentucky should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.

"As chief advocate for public engagement across the Commonwealth, anything we can do to make sure that all eligible Kentuckians who can participate in our elections is definitely worth discussion and exploring," Grimes said.

Currently, 32 states and the District of Columbia allow such types of voting.

Even though most Kentucky voters did not experience long lines at the polls during the last election, Grimes said early voting would further reduce wait times.

"I think we have to continue to stay ahead of the curve," Grimes said. "We don't want to be one of those states that you saw on the news where individuals were waiting hours past the time that the polls closed to cast their vote"

The dates of the meetings will be released in January.

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