The Richmond Register

March 10, 2014

Secretary Grimes encourages Kentuckians to serve as precinct election officers


Special to the Register

MADISON COUNTY — Secretary of State and Chief Election Officer Alison Lundergan Grimes encourages residents to take an active role in the May 20 primary election by serving as precinct election officers, or poll workers.

Approximately 15,000 Kentuckians will be needed to help administer the election.

“Serving the commonwealth as a precinct election officer is both valuable to the election process and personally rewarding,” said Grimes. “Precinct officers are on the front lines of the democratic process, and this is an excellent opportunity to participate in shaping the future of your community and state.”

To be qualified to act as a precinct election officer, you must be 18 on or before Nov. 4, be a qualified voter, not have changed your party affiliation within one year prior to your 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, arranging the polling location with necessary information and equipment, 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.

For more information or to sign up to become a precinct election officer, contact your county clerk or your party’s county executive committee. The Madison County clerk’s office can be reached at 624-4703.