Kentucky soldiers get extra time to cast absentee ballots

Soldiers deployed overseas will get an extra month to cast absentee ballots in three special elections this fall in Kentucky.

A Franklin County Circuit Judge approved the order Tuesday giving soldiers the extra time to vote.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed suit earlier this month requesting more time for soldier’s votes to be counted in a congressional race and two legislative races on November 6th.

The deadline for candidates to file in the special elections had been 28 days before the vote.

That didn't allow sufficient time for absentee ballots to be mailed and returned.

The ruling sets Sept. 10 as the new filing deadline, allowing 57 days for soldiers receive and return ballots.

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