Kentucky secretary of state heading to Middle East

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's secretary of state is one of a half-dozen from across the country going the Middle East to assist soldiers to vote.

The Lexington Herald-Leader says the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Department of Defense asked Alison Lundergan Grimes to spend two weeks in September traveling in Afghanistan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to meet with American uniformed soldiers.

The program administers the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986 and acts on behalf of the U.S. secretary of defense. Grimes says no state money will be used, and no staff or family will travel with her.

Grimes says she is honored to be part of the project and wants to learn more about challenges military voters face in order to improve the process.

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