Deal Reached on Kentucky Military Voting Legislation

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A last-minute deal on legislation that would allow help streamline the voting process by overseas military personnel has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly.

Working until the last minute of the 2013 session, lawmakers went back to the original Senate version of the military voting bill, which allows for electronic sending of ballots to overseas military but snail mail return of the ballot.

State Senator Jimmy Higdon says the measure also sets up a task force to study the electronic return of ballots.

"We need to look at this, you know. The county clerks need to be feel a little bit more comfortable with this procedure. We want to make sure we do it right."

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the state’s chief election official, says she's glad lawmakers took the first step in improving the voting process for military personnel.