Parkinson Vetoes Overseas Voting Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Mark Parkinson has vetoed a bill designed to make it easier for soldiers overseas to vote.

The bill Parkinson rejected Friday would have allowed military personnel and other federal employees working overseas to return advance ballots by e-mail. Now, they will be required to continue mailing in their ballots.

Parkinson said he objected to a provision dealing with people who handle advance ballots for others, such as the disabled or elderly. They would have been required to sign a statement saying they didn't try to influence the voter.

The governor said that would discourage advance voting.

He said the Legislature has time next year to fix the bill before the start of the election season.

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