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"Ballot Bomb" Documentary To Air Monday Night

A locally-produced documentary that drew national attention last week is set to air on Kentucky Educational Television Monday night.

The program added a new wrinkle to the controversy over Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to say whom she voted for in 2008 and 2012.

Republicans and a number of pundits have blasted Grimes’ stand against revealing her preferred candidate in the last two presidential elections in recent weeks. And one of the talking points wielded by her critics comes courtesy of a half-hour program launched by UK journalism professor Buck Ryan.

In “Ballot Bomb: Exploring the Young Voter Explosion,” Grimes, who has stressed her right to a secret ballot, answers a question about her experience in the voting booth.

"Well, I turned 18 in 1996. Unfortunately it was after President Clinton's election. I'd hoped to be able to vote for him. I got a chance though to vote for Secretary Clinton in 2008," she says.

While the statement prompted charges of inconsistency on MSNBC and Fox News panels last week, the 35-year-old Secretary of State has defended the comment, noting she was not the state’s chief election official in 2008.

The full Ballot Bomb documentary airs tonight at 9 on KET.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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