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Alison Lundergan Grimes Cites "Right For Privacy At Ballot Box" When Asked If She Voted For Obama

QUESTION: Why are you reluctant to give an answer on whether or not you voted for President Obama?

ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES: Bill, there's no reluctance. This is a matter of principle. Our constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, for a secret ballot. You have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has that right. And as Secretary of State, the chief election official, I'm tasked with overseeing and making sure that we're enforcing all of our election laws. I work very closely, especially with members of our military, to ensure the privacy of the ballot box. Those who laid their life on the line--

QUESTION: So your reluctance is a matter of principle, standing on principle rather than answering the question?

GRIMES: I am not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky in order to curry favor on one or other side, or for members of the media. I’ll protect that right for every Kentuckian.

QUESTION: And you wont answer that question tonight?

GRIMES: Again, you have that right, Senator McConnell has that right, every Kentuckian has the right for privacy at the ballot box. If I as chief election official, Bill, don’t stand up for that right, who in Kentucky will?

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