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Posted: Wednesday, 09 October 2013 7:28AM

Ky. receives $2.2M to help deployed soldiers vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has received a $2.2 million federal grant to help pay for an electronic system for delivering election ballots to soldiers deployed overseas.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced the grant Tuesday.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Grimes said the money will help with the cost of an electronic system that could be used in place of U.S. mail to get ballots to military personnel.

Lawmakers approved legislation earlier this year to allow soldiers and civilians living overseas to receive ballots electronically to speed up the process.

The secretary of state's office is in the preliminary stages of developing the system, which is expected to be in place for next year's general election.

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