Early Voting to be Discussed in Kentucky in 2013

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- In the coming year, the Kentucky Secretary of State will hold meetings throughout Kentucky to discuss early voting.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that she will hold Election Advisory meetings across the state in 2013 to review and recommend improvements to the state's election laws.

She hopes that the public, election administrators, elected officials, political parties and representatives of voting rights groups join the conversation.

"Kentucky historically has excellent cooperation among the Secretary of State, Attorney General, election administrators, and law enforcement officers," said Grimes. "And I am proud of the steps my office took this year to expand our efforts to ensure the integrity of our elections. But I am concerned that the very voices we're protecting don't have a seat at the table, so I decided to set a new table to explore the effectiveness of Kentucky's current voting laws and procedures."

One of the things Grimes says the will consider is early voting.

"32 states and the District of Columbia permit early voting and/or unexcused absentee voting," said Grimes. "And we will discuss in the meetings whether Kentucky should do the same as a way of increasing voter participation."

Meeting attendees will also explore such areas as voter registration, absentee voting and voting procedures.

The dates of the meetings will be released in January 2013.

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