The Richmond Register

June 17, 2013

Grimes to host town hall meeting here Thursday

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will be visiting Madison County for a town hall-style meeting Thursday evening at the County Extension Office to discuss election law reform.

The meeting will last about an hour and a half, said Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger.

Grimes will likely speak about early voting at the meeting, then open the floor to questions and feedback from the public, Barger said.

The clerk said he was glad Grimes chose to come to Madison County, because it offers an opportunity for voters here to become better informed about the election process.

“We’re a big county,” Barger said. “The more educated our voters are, the smoother the process goes on election day.”

Grimes has been a supporter of making early voting an option for more Kentuckians. Currently, early voting is allowed only for a few circumstance, such as illness or out-of-town travel.

Early voting would allow any qualified voter to cast a ballot within an alloted period prior to election day.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 32 states have adopted early voting, and 27 states allow absentee voting without requiring an excuse.

The Madison County Extension Office is located at  located at 230 Duncannon Lane, between Berea Road and Interstate 75 Exit 83.