Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Works to Ensure Voting Rights for Armed Forces Overseas

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today concluded his review and approval of an emergency election regulation allowing our service men and women to cast ballots electronically.

“Our brave men and women overseas defend our democratic form of government with their lives,” said Stumbo.  “The least we can do is to ensure that their voice is heard loud and clear at election time.  This emergency regulation will protect their fundamental constitutional right to vote.”

By statute, the Attorney General is responsible for the enforcement of all election laws. He works with the State Board of Elections “to preserve the absentee voting rights of military personnel service on active duty outside the United States” (KRS 117.079).

In 2004, Attorney General Stumbo also made clear that he is enforcing the Service Members’ Civil Relief Act, which became federal law in 2003.  The focus of the act is to provide protections to service members who are unable to defend legal actions due to military service. The law replaced the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act of 1940. Legal services needed to resolve matters related to the Relief Act are provided by the Attorney General’s Office, free of charge, to all present-day active duty military and those who have just returned from duty overseas.

Under the Act, active duty members of the armed services, their spouses and dependents qualify for certain protections under the law. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reduced interest rate on mortgage payments
  • Reduced interest rate on credit card debt, car loans and other debt
  • Protection from eviction if rent is $2,400 or less
  • Delay of civil court actions, such as bankruptcy, foreclosure or divorce proceedings
  • Reinstatement of health insurance that was in effect before service commenced, but was terminated during the period of service

If a service member or his/her family has a question about their protections under the Service Members’ Civil Relief Act, they can contact the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at 1-888-432-9257.