Alabama soldiers won't be able to use an Internet-based system to obtain absentee ballots for this fall's election.
Attorney General Troy King issued an opinion today saying state law prohibits "electronic forms of voting over the Internet." He says it's too late to change the law before the Nov. 2 election.
Secretary of State Nancy Worley had asked King whether it was OK to use the system, called the Interim Voting Assistance System. It's been proposed by the U.S. Defense Department and would allow troops to request and receive absentee ballots via the Internet, then return it by mail.
Worley says the system would have cut the time it takes for soldiers overseas to vote absentee by more than half. She says the current process takes up to 30 days.
Worley says she would have asked about the system earlier, but she only heard about it from the Defense Department last week.