Poll workers desperately needed in Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)-Poll workers are desperately needed for Kentucky’s November election, according to Secretary of State Michael Adams.

“Like most Kentuckians, I want things to get back to normal – and that includes our elections. I want more robust in-person voting options than we had in June, but that is only possible if Kentuckians step up and volunteer to be poll workers,” he said.

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Adams’ office says the main reason there were so few voting spots for June’s primary was because not enough people volunteered.

The law requires each precinct to have at least four poll workers. Two must be registered Democrats and the other two must be registered Republicans. Adams says usually the state needs 15,000 poll workers for 3,700 voting locations.

“Last year, before I was sworn in as Kentucky’s chief elections official, I testified to the General Assembly that we have a poll worker crisis – and that was before COVID-19,” Adams added. “We must find new poll workers, particularly younger people who are less at risk of harm from the coronavirus than the disproportionately elderly volunteers we usually have.”

“If you’re a Republican who doesn’t want a vote-by-mail election in November, you need to step up and be a poll worker. If you’re a Democrat concerned about unintentional voter suppression caused by a paucity of voting locations, you need to step up and be a poll worker.”

If you want to volunteer, Adams says you should get in touch with your county clerk or local Democratic or Republican committees. He says Independent voters might be able to help to. They were able to serve as poll workers in June in an agreement between the governor and secretary of state and Adams hopes to back legislation next year to make that permanent.

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