Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Kenton urges later poll hours

County wants to attract voters, helpers

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDEPENDENCE — To help attract poll workers and make it easier for working people to vote on Election Day, Kenton Fiscal Court is urging the state to adopt polling hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

        Legislation has been pro posed in the General Assembly that would extend Kentucky's polling hours by two hours. Instead of operating from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., polls would close at 8 p.m.

        However, at the suggestion of Commissioner Dan Humpert, the fiscal court recommended state legislators approve a schedule that calls for polls to be open 12 hours, not 14.

        At the recommendation of Commissioner Barb Black, the fiscal court also agreed to send a letter to the Northern Kentucky legislative caucus explaining the difficulty that Kenton County is having finding poll workers in its growing areas.

        Polling hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. would make for too long a day for poll workers, who already are putting in about 13 hours on Election Day, Kenton County Clerk Bill Aylor said Tuesday.

        “If you extend (voting) by two hours, you're looking at a minimum of a 15-hour day for poll workers,” Mr. Aylor said. “You're looking at putting on two shifts (of poll workers) or paying more money.”

        Moving Kentucky's polling hours back an hour — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — would not extend hours for poll workers, but it would make it easier for voters who get off work at 5 or 5:30 in the evening to make it to the polls, Mr. Aylor said.

        “You're making it easier to attract poll workers, and, at the same time, I think it's a better fit to get more people in (to vote),” Mr. Aylor said.

        On Nov. 7, interest in local races and the presidential election prompted Kenton County poll workers to keep polling places in Villa Hills open until 8:30 p.m.

        Ultimately, Mr. Aylor said that he would like to see Election Day become a national holiday, to make it easier for workers to get to the polls.


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