early voting

A bill to allow no-excuse early voting in Kentucky is dead for this year.  Legislation proposed by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes cleared the House, but never came up for a vote in the Senate. 

The legislation was aimed at boosting voter turnout in Kentucky.  Currently, voters must have a qualifying reason to vote early.  Grimes was the leading supporter of the bill.  She expressed frustration that the measure won’t be passed this year.

"I've traveled the state and people feel it's something that we should already have," Grimes stated.  "Much like online voter registration, it's something they expect."

The Kentucky County Clerk’s Association opposed the bill.  Warren County Clerk Lynette Yates said the group feels expanded early voting would be a burden for county clerks with small staffs.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Early voting legislation, a high priority of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, has won House approval. 

The measure, after substantial debate, passed Monday by a 20-vote margin.  

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Kentucky’s Secretary of State says lawmakers have a way to increase voter participation statewide. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes appeared before a House committee in Frankfort Monday in support of early voting legislation.

Tennessee Secretary of State's Office

Tennessee residents begin early voting today for the state's March 1 presidential primary. Tennessee joins 11 other states on "Super Tuesday" dubbed this year "SEC Tuesday" since many of the participating states are in the collegiate Southeastern athletic conference. 

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has begun a series of meetings across the commonwealth to gauge public support for early voting.

Current law allows only limited early voting by absentee ballots, which are reserved for people who can’t get to the polls because of out-of-town travel, military service or health concerns.


Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting. Alison Lundergan Grimes says she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether the Commonwealth should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.


Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia allow no-excuse early voting, but Kentucky isn't one of them.  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says early voting has its advantages.