Includes precinct election officers or poll workers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is encouraging citizens to take an active role in the upcoming Primary Election by serving as precinct election officers, or poll workers. Approximately 15,000 Kentuckians will be needed to help administer the election on May 17.
“Precinct election officers are the backbone for ensuring Kentucky’s election process is a success,” said Grimes. “Serving as a precinct election officer is a wonderful opportunity to participate in the front lines of the democratic process.”
To be qualified to be a precinct election officer a person must be 18 years of age on or before Nov. 8, be an eligible voter, not have changed party affiliation within one year prior to appointment, and not be either a candidate or the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of a candidate who is to be voted for in the election. 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.
Each precinct in the state must have four precinct election officers serving on the day of the election. Precinct election officers are paid at least $60 per election, plus additional compensation for mileage and mandatory training.