Soldiers deployed overseas will get an additional month to cast absentee ballots in three special elections this fall in Kentucky. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed suit earlier this month requesting more time for soldiers to return absentee ballots so they can be counted in the special elections set for Nov. 6.
Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd approved an agreed order Tuesday giving soldiers the extra time to vote in a congressional race and two legislative races.
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. Shepherd's ruling sets Sept. 10 as the new filing deadline, allowing 57 days for soldiers receive and return ballots.