Elections
6:46 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Military Voting Bill, With Electronic Return Included

Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg (right), and Rep. Kim King, R-Harrodsburg, follow the debate on a military voting bill in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg (right), and Rep. Kim King, R-Harrodsburg, follow the debate on a military voting bill in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Credit Kentucky LRC

A bill allowing electronic voting for military members overseas has cleared the state House after amendments were added to allow for the electronic return of a ballot.

Senate Bill 1 did not original include the electronic return, despite Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes preferring the provision.

Many GOP lawmakers said the electronic return would leave ballots open to fraud and abuse. And state representative Tim Moore, an Air Force reservist and a Hardin County Republican, says he believes it would compromise legal protections for a secret ballot.

"I absolutely believe that this violates the very Constitution these folks are sworn to uphold."

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo dismissed those claims, saying there have been zero problems in the 24 other states that allow electronic voting for military.

The bill now heads back to the Senate to see if they will agree with the amendments.