Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Encourages Kentuckians to Serve as Precinct Election Officers

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 10, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

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 19.

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

To be qualified to be a precinct election officer, a person must be 18 on or before November 3, 2015, 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, 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.