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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's Secretary of State is calling for military voters to be able to cast their ballots by email.
Alison Lundergan Grimes spoke with military members during a trip to Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. She also discussed military and overseas voting with the commanding generals at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell.
In a news release, Grimes said, "I heard repeatedly from the soldiers I met that increased automation and consistency in voting laws is needed to ensure that military members have the opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted."
Both Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo have promised support for her recommendations in Kentucky's General Assembly.
Grimes makes five recommendations to improve military members' access to the ballot box:
1) Online voter registration.
2) Provide enough time for them to vote in all elections.
3) Allow ballots by email.
4) Make sure absentee ballots are counted.
5) Adopt the Uniform Military and Overseas Voting Act.
"Kentucky's soldiers represent the best of the Commonwealth – duty, honor, sacrifice, pride, and love of freedom," said Grimes, "and their families make unimaginable sacrifices on behalf of our state and nation. We must show our appreciation for these heroes by strengthening their right to vote, fighting for those who fight for us. I encourage all Kentuckians to vote on November 6th in honor of our veterans and service men and women."