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Grimes undecided on Senate bid

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Promotes passage of military voting bill

By Marty Finley

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she must consult with her husband, family and supporters before she decides how best she can serve Kentucky, responding to a question about her interest in challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year.

Grimes, who visited Elizabethtown Thursday, has emerged as one of the top prospects to challenge McConnell after actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd opted against challenging the Senate Minority Leader.

Grimes said she has kept busy lately by pushing several initiatives during an aggressive legislative session, including a bill to keep absentee voters’ identities confidential until after an election and allowing domestic violence victims to have their personal information redacted from public voter registration records.

One bill with impact on the military community is Senate Bill 1, which was signed into law this week and protects the votes of military and overseas citizens, allowing them to register and update their registration online.

Grimes said it also gives military members ample time to cast ballots in special elections, protects their votes in state and local elections and ensures the votes of National Guard members are counted.

A task force also will be created to study improvements to voting procedures, such as the usage of a secure electronic transmission system for military and overseas ballots. The technology already has been implemented in roughly two dozen states and should be feasible here, Grimes said.

“It’s a good first step but not the last step,” she said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com