The Pew Center on the States rated Kentucky as one of the 25 states where overseas military voters have sufficient time to cast absentee ballots in state elections. This all comes just a year after Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the State Board of Elections expanded outreach to active duty Kentuckians abroad.
“The right of Kentucky military men and women overseas to have their vote counted is a top priority for me and the State Board of Elections,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “We have worked diligently over the last several years to expand access to our overseas voters. While we appreciate the recognition from Pew, we knew that our efforts were worthwhile after hearing personal testimonies from our soldiers who had the opportunity to cast their votes in this year’s presidential election.”
From a press release:
Prior to the 2008 election, several new services were introduced for Kentucky voters living overseas including a new, easy-to-understand website dedicated solely to overseas voters as well as an automated ballot delivery program. The site, developed by the Overseas Vote Foundation, helped shorten the transit time to get ballots back to Kentucky in time to be counted on Election Day, which was a primary focus of the Pew Center on States Research. The site received nearly 2,000 unique visitors from over 76 countries during the 2008 election cycle.
In addition, Kentucky participated in the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) Automated Ballot Delivery Program, providing voters with greater access to timely and accurate absentee voting information. An electronic alternative to the by-mail process, the program is designed to expedite the absentee voting process and facilitate communication between local election offices and voters overseas.
Through the FVAP Program, Kentucky had over 300 election forms completed by voters. In addition, Kentucky represented nearly 50% of all ballots downloaded by voters across the country utilizing the FVAP Program.
Click here for more information on the program and other successes we’ve had here in the Commonwealth.