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Kentucky offers portal to apply as election poll worker

The Poll Worker Volunteer Portal is now available.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams unveiled a process for voters to apply to serve as poll workers for the November election. 

The Poll Worker Volunteer Portal is now available. The portal submits applications to each applicant’s county clerk, who then will contact the volunteer, Adam said. 

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The number of poll workers in Kentucky is critically low. The state is trying to recruit poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic, he said. 

Adams says the availability of poll workers will dictate how many polling locations are available on Election Day.

The Board of Elections is also looking for Precinct Election Officials. The position does pay. Here are the qualifications, according to the BOE website:

  1. You must be a qualified, registered voter.  If you will be 18 years old on or before the General election, you can serve as a precinct election officer.
  2. You cannot serve if you are a candidate during the election year.
  3. You cannot serve if are the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of a candidate who is to be voted for in that precinct. You may serve in other precincts in which your spouse or relative is not on the ballot.
  4. You cannot change your party affiliation for one (1) year prior to your appointment as a precinct election officer. However, if you are not registered to vote, you may register to vote prior to volunteering to serve as a precinct election officer. 

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