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Secretary of State Trey Grayson shakes hands with recruiter Bobby Jones after a presentation Thursday that included information on how soldiers can vote in a potential gubernatorial primary runoff.

By Tim Woerner / Staff Writer

State officials will allow soldiers overseas to use a federal write-in ballot to meet statutory timelines if this year’s gubernatorial primary requires a runoff, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said Thursday.

Grayson visited Knox County for a presentation in district courtroom in Barbourville Thursday morning to discuss voting procedures and possible changes to come.

“There was a concern that every soldier overseas could be disenfranchised,” Grayson said. “Our hope is that will help re-enfranchise these voters.”

Should no candidate on either the Democratic or Republican side receive 40 percent of the vote, a run-off between the top two vote-getters will take place June 26. County clerks have raised various concerns, from the cost and logistics of renting polling places and mobilizing poll workers to collecting absentee ballots, particularly if the printing of runoff ballots is delayed by a recanvass.

“We think that the governor’s legal team is looking at it and my gut tells me they’re going to pay for it,” Grayson said.

Tim Woerner can be reached at twoerner@thetimestribune.com

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