Grimes promotes military voting bill

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By Kenny Colston

With the backdrop of “Military Monday” at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes championed a law she got passed to make voting for Oldham County’s veterans and active service member more seamless.

Called the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, the state law allows active duty members to electronically request and receive absentee ballots, register to vote and change voter registration information. The 2013 law also extends special election time frames for local elections for service men and women.

With more than 4,500 veterans and active service members in Oldham County according to the latest census numbers, Grimes said the law would help those who need it.

“The men and women who serve our country deserve to be in the front of the line when it comes to voting,” Grimes said in a phone interview.

This year is the first with statewide elections since the bill passed the Kentucky General Assembly in 2013.

Grimes said the backdrop of the event at the state fair was important and that she was “honored” to be part of it.

“We owe (active military and veterans) a huge debt of gratitude,” she said.

Grimes, who’s also running as the Democratic Party’s nominee in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race this fall against Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, said the passage and implementation of the law proves which of the two candidates better represent the military in the U.S. Senate.

“They know they have a Secretary of State who has been watching their backs,” Grimes said. “Mitch McConnell has been missing in action (on military issues).”

Grimes said McConnell had voted against bills that would help the hiring of veterans, as well as supporting a bill that would reduce benefits.

Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for McConnell’s campaign, said the allegations couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes should really start reading the newspaper before launching bizarre false attacks on Sen. McConnell’s record,” Moore said. “Calling Sen. McConnell ‘missing in action’ is laughable, as anyone with knowledge of the issue is aware that the McConnell-backed veterans bill was just recently signed into law.”

For more information on the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, go to elect.ky.gov or sos.ky.gov.

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