Baptist Health Paying Employees to be Poll Workers
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Baptist Health of Kentucky and Indiana will be paying its employees to work at the polls in the general election.

On Tuesday, the hospital announced the effort to help fill a critical need for precinct election workers.

Officials with Baptist Health said they made the decision after receiving requests from employees and civic leaders in the communities served by the hospital system.

Poll workers are the community members that greet voters at their precinct, check their registration, and point them to the voting booth. Typically, a majority of poll workers are senior citizens, many of which may not want to serve this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

"Poll workers are crucial to making democracy happen," said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO. "We encourage our employees – and all those in our communities – to volunteer on Election Day, to educate themselves about the candidates and to vote."

Secretary of State Michael Adams praised the decision and said he hopes other businesses choose to do the same.

"I'm grateful to Baptist Health for allowing their employees to serve as poll workers while still getting paid for their day jobs. Democracy is a team sport and we need the help of private citizens and the private sector." Adams continued, "Baptist Health has set a standard that I hope others will follow."

Published 01:15 PM, Wednesday Oct. 14, 2020
Updated 07:17 AM, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020



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