Kentucky offers portal to apply as election poll worker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams has unveiled a process for voters to apply to serve as poll workers for the November election.

The Poll Worker Volunteer Portal is now available, Adams said Tuesday. The portal submits applications to each applicant’s county clerk, who then will contact the volunteer, he said.

The number of poll workers in Kentucky is critically low, Adams said.

The state is trying to recruit poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The availability of poll workers will dictate how many polling locations are available on Election Day, he said.

The portal makes it “easy to serve your community by volunteering to work the polls,” Adams said.

“Whatever your politics, we need your help so we can offer in-person voting, and also so we can ask less of our elderly poll workers who usually volunteer,” he said.

The portal is available at www.govoteky.com