House Passes Military Voting Bill, With Electronic Return Included

A bill designed  to allow Kentuckians in the military deployed overseas vote electronically has cleared the House, after amendments returned Senate Bill 1 to a full electronic system.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is the main promoter of the bill and urged House lawmakers to return to full electronic provisions after the Senate did not include the electronic return of a ballot.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo told his fellow lawmakers that in other states that allow for full electronic voting for military has not had issues with hacking, which was a concern for the Senate.

“But no reported problems from the electronic transmission from those 24 other states that use that,” he says.

Many GOP lawmakers said the electronic return would leave ballots open to fraud and abuse. And state representative Tim Moore,  a Air Force reservist, say he believes it would compromise constitutional protects for a secret ballot.

“I absolutely believe that this violates the very Constitution these folks are sworn to uphold,” Moore says.

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

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