Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced that a special election will be held on June 25, 2013, to fill the vacancy in the office of State Representative, 56th Representative District. The 56th District is comprised of Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin Counties.

The Honorable Carl Rollins, II, former Representative for the 56th District, resigned from the House of Representatives effective April 24, 2013, vacating the remainder of his term. On April 25, 2013, pursuant to KRS 118.730, Governor Steve Beshear issued and Grimes certified a writ calling for an election to fill the vacancy.

Pursuant to KRS 118.770, as amended by Senate Bill 1 in the 2013 Regular Session of the General Assembly, the deadline for Republican and Democratic candidates nominated by their party and independent candidates to file their certificates, petitions and declarations with the Secretary of State is Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., EST. Write-in candidates must file with the Secretary of State declarations of intent to be write-in candidates no later than Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., EST.

Secretary Grimes recommended the change to the filing deadline to ensure military and overseas voters have sufficient time to receive, fill out and return their ballots in time to be counted.

“Hundreds of military and overseas citizens from Woodford, Fayette and Franklin Counties requested absentee ballots in the 2012 General Election,” said Grimes. “I’m proud that our efforts to protect their right to vote in special elections were successful and their voices will be heard on June 25th.”

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