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Secretary of state issues call for additional poll workers as May 22 primary election approaches

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday issued a call for more poll workers for the May 22 Primary Election.

Alison Lundergan Grimes

“It takes 15,000 poll workers to conduct our elections across Kentucky. In each cycle, the State Board of Elections and our county clerks and local parties work hard to recruit poll workers to conduct our elections at the local level,” Grimes said. “This year, we are facing a shortage, so we need more Kentuckians to answer the call and sign up.”

Voters interested in serving as poll workers are encouraged to call 502-782-7402 before 5 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, May 16.

Poll workers must be registered voters. An individual cannot serve if he or she is a candidate, has changed their party affiliation within the last year, or in a precinct where a spouse or an immediate relative is a candidate on the ballot.

Voters appointed as poll workers must attend a required training session before Election Day.

Poll workers are paid a minimum of $10 for attending a mandatory training session before Election Day, and a minimum of $60 per Election Day, as well as additional payment for mileage. Each county board of elections sets the rate for compensation.

From Secretary of State

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