Grimes wants changes to help deployed troops vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is asking lawmakers to pass legislation next year to ensure that Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas are able to cast ballots.

One of the measures Grimes proposed during a Capitol press conference on Wednesday is to allow soldiers to return absentee ballots via email, lifting a requirement that ballots be send back via the U.S. Postal Service.

Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official, said email is the most reliable method of reaching soldiers serving overseas. And she said security controls, including electronic signatures, can ensure ballot integrity.

Freshly back from a trip to the Middle East, Grimes said members of the military who are risking their lives abroad must be ensured the right to vote in elections back home.

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