Baptist Health to pay employees to work the polls

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – To help fill a critical need for precinct election officers in Kentucky and Indiana, Baptist Health is paying its employees to work at the polls in the Nov. 3 general election.

According to Baptist Health officials, the move came after requests from employees and civic leaders in the communities served by the nine-hospital system. Poll workers are the community members who greet voters at their local precinct, check their registration, and direct them to voting booths.

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“Poll workers are crucial to making democracy happen,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO. “We encourage our employees – and all those in our communities – to volunteer on Election Day, to educate themselves about the candidates and to vote.”

Baptist Health joins several other companies encouraging workers to fill more than one million election worker positions nationally. 

“I’m grateful to Baptist Health for allowing their employees to serve as poll workers while still getting paid for their day jobs. Democracy is a team sport and we need the help of private citizens and the private sector. Baptist Health has set a standard that I hope others will follow,” said Michael Adams, Kentucky Secretary of State.

Baptist Health is Kentucky’s largest healthcare system, with more than 22,000 employees in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Find out more about the election and the need for poll workers in your area HERE

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