by Annie Andersen –
WILMORE, KY (Spectrum News) — Voting in this coming election will be a little easier for Kentucky’s veterans.
In front of dozens of veterans at the Thompson-Hood Veterans Center, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced all four veterans centers in Kentucky would become polling precincts.
Grimes says this has been something she has been working toward since she first campaigned for her position. “We owe it all to Kentucky’s 304,000 military veterans for their service and sacrifice in preserving and protecting our precious freedoms, particularly the right to vote,” Grimes said. “Making sure these veterans – especially those in the care of our state’s veterans centers – can easily access the ballot box is the most fundamental way we can honor their service. I am extremely grateful to Brig. Gen. Adams, our veterans centers, and our local boards of elections for working with me to help make this a reality.”
“Secretary Grimes continues to work for veterans and making the veterans centers polling places is a step to the future and a fantastic plan by her and for the veterans of Kentucky. She has always had the veterans first in her forward-thinking, and I will always thank her and respect her for that,” said H.B. Deatherage, executive director of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame.
“Establishing the Commonwealth’s veterans centers as polling locations is most appropriate,” said Phillip Pittman, organizer of Honor Flight Kentucky. “Throughout the history of our great nation, it has been the veteran who sacrificed greatly to protect our freedoms and values, not the least of which is the right to vote. The significance of voting at one of these four facilities should be an inspiration to all Kentuckians as they exercise this solemn responsibility.”
These precincts will take over for previous ones in the area. The State Board of Elections will mail notifications to all people impacted by the change in polling location.