Legislation could allow 16-year-olds to serve in precincts on election day

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is supporting House Bill 309, allowing 16-year-olds the opportunity to serve as Precinct Election Officers.

Like many other states throughout the nation, Kentucky has trouble recruiting people to run precincts on Election Day.

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In recent elections, Grimes has made statewide calls for Kentuckians to serve as poll workers in order to overcome shortages.

Currently minors can serve as Precinct Election Officers at 17 as long as they are turning 18 on or before election day. House bill 309 would allow 16-year-olds to serve as well.

More than half the states across the United State allow students who are 16 or 17-years-old to serve as poll workers, according to the Election Assistance Commission.