Lyon County Clerk Lori Duff and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams say there is a shortage of poll workers, and they want to change that before the presidential election in November.

Each voting location by law must have four poll workers, evenly split between registered Democrats and Republicans, Adams’ office said in a news release.

June’s primary election offered fewer voting locations because fewer Kentuckians volunteered to work the polls, the release said.

“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 said. “We must find new poll workers, particularly younger people who are less at risk of harm from the coronavirus than the disproportionately elder- ly volunteers we usually have.”

Kentucky elections typically have about 3,700 voting locations and 15,000 poll workers.

Poll workers do get paid for their work and must attend training

To volunteer in Lyon County, Duff said Democrats may contact her at 270-388-2331, since the local party does not have an executive chair.

Republicans should contact local GOP Chair Marvin Lee Wilson at 270-388-9951.

The Associated Press and The Herald Ledger contributed to this story.