FRANKFORT, Ky. – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds Kentuckians to show their appreciation for precinct election officials on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.
"Our Commonwealth's elections would not be possible without the dedication of the 15,000 precinct election officials that volunteer every Election Day," said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official.
During a ceremony last fall, Secretary Grimes and bipartisan former Kentucky secretaries of state honored long serving precinct election officials. Many poll workers were honored at the ceremony for having served more than 25 years, including Elizabeth Neal of Powell County, having served since the 1950s.
Almost every election, many counties in Kentucky report that they have trouble recruiting people to serve in precincts on Election Day.
As current law states, poll workers must be 18 and registered voters. An individual may not serve if he or she is a candidate, if their spouse or an immediate relative is a candidate, or if they have changed their party affiliation within the last year. Duties include attending mandatory training, setting up the polling station, processing voters, and completing and returning paperwork to the county clerk’s office on election night.
Poll workers are paid a minimum of $10 for attending the mandatory training session before Election Day, and a minimum of $60 per Election Day, as well as additional payment for mileage and phone assistance in some counties. Each county board of elections sets the rate for compensation.
For more information or to sign up to become a precinct election officer, visit GoVoteKY.com, contact your county clerk or your party’s county executive committee, or call 502-564-3490.