What’s the difference between Poll Worker & Poll Watcher?
Nonpartisan, Paid (Clerks, Judges, Inspectors, Checker, Precinct Worker)
Partisan, Volunteer (Observers, Monitors, Challengers)
To be a Poll Worker (Precinct Officer) You must be 18+, registered to vote in Kentucky, precinct resident, complete training, party affiliated. You cannot change your party affiliation for 1 year prior to your appointment as precinct officer. One election official per precinct may be 17, who will become 18 on or before the day of the regular election. No candidates or family. $60.
HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN:
The county executive committees of the 2 political parties having representation on the State Board of Elections may, by March 15 each year, designate a list of at least 4 names for each precinct. Before March 20th each year, the county board of elections shall select 1 judge at each voting place from each political party’s list & select the sheriff from 1 political party’s list & the clerk from the other. If lists are not submitted, the 2 members of the county board of elections who are appointed by the State Board of Elections may submit lists. If the county board of elections is unable to find 2 qualified officers for each precinct who are affiliated with the 2 political parties, they shall submit a list of emergency election officer appointments to the State Board of Elections. The list may include qualified voters not affiliated with the 2 parties.
- Contact county clerks: https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx
- Info: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Become-a-Precinct-Election-Officer.aspx
POLL WATCHER INFO:
The county executive committee of any political party having a ticket to elect at any regular or special election may designate not more than two (2) challengers to be present at and witness the holding of the election in each precinct in the county
No person, other than the election officers, challengers, person assisting voters, and a minor child in the company of a voter, shall be permitted within the voting room while the vote is being polled, except as follows: (a) For the purpose of voting; (b) By authority of the election officers to keep order and enforce the law; (c) With the express approval of the county board of elections to repair or replace voting equipment that is malfunctioning and to provide additional voting equipment; or (d) At the voter’s discretion, a minor child in the company of a voter may accompany the voter into a voting booth or other private area provided for casting a vote.
Who is Authorised to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day?
The county executive committee of any political party having a ticket to elect at any regular or special election may designate not more than two (2) challengers to be present at and witness the holding of the election in each precinct in the county.
Resources for Kentucky:
- Retweetable Tweet with links for Kentucky here.
- Shareable FB post & downloadable graphic here.
- GoogleDoc here.
POLL WORKER (and Poll Watcher) Requirements & links to sign-up in All 50 States, STATE BY STATE Including:
- QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
- HOW POLL WORKERS ARE CHOSEN
- POLL WATCHER INFO;
- Who is Authorised to Challenge a Voter’s Eligibility on Election Day?
- & Links to retweetable TWEETS & shareable FB Posts for each State
- Twitter THREAD with links here.
- Facebook shareable Album with downloadable graphics here.
- On the Postcards for America website here.
- On the Unhack the Vote Website here.
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