(Frankfort, KY) Secretary of State Trey Grayson encouraged citizens to take an active role in the upcoming May primary election by signing up to become a precinct election officer. Precinct election officers, or poll workers as they are sometimes called, are still needed in many counties across the state, and now is the time to sign up and participate.
"Precinct election officers are the lifeblood of the elections process in America. Without the service of these individuals, our democracy would not be possible," stated Secretary Grayson. "Many counties are in need of more precinct election officers for the May primary election, and I want to encourage all voters to consider serving their Commonwealth in this capacity."
To serve as a precinct election officer, you must be a qualified voter, have not changed your party affiliation one year prior to the appointment, and not be a candidate or the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of a candidate who is to be voted for in this election. Voters who will be 18 on or before November 6, 2007 are eligible to serve in the upcoming primary election.
Each precinct in the state is required to have four precinct officers serving on the day of the election. Each election officer is paid a minimum of sixty dollars per election, as well as additional payment for mileage and mandatory training.
Precinct election officers' duties include attending a 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.
"County Clerks across the Commonwealth are always in need of concerned citizens willing to serve as election officers," commented Franklin County Clerk Guy Zeigler, president of the Kentucky County Clerks Association. "This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to further participate in the democratic process, and we hope that many eligible voters will seize on this opportunity to serve their state."
To sign up to become a precinct election officer or to find out more specific information about election officers in your county, please contact your local county clerk. To find a list of county clerks or other pertinent election information, please visit: www.elect.ky.gov.