Q: What is the Board of Elections?
A: The Board of Elections is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with overall responsibility for administration of the Election process in Madison County. The Board of Elections consists of the County Clerk, the County Sheriff, one Republican member and one Democratic member. As Chairman of the Board of Elections, the County Clerk is responsible for making sure all election mandates of the Kentucky Constitution and the Kentucky Revised Statutes are met.
Q: What is the difference between a partisan election and a nonpartisan election?
A: Partisan elections are associated with a particular political party or political group or organization. Federal, state and county elections are partisan elections. Nonpartisan elections are not connected with any single political party or political group or organization. Mayoral, Commissioners, Councilman, Judicial and School Board elections are nonpartisan.
Q: How do I become an election officer?
A: To become an election officer you will need to fill out the Election Officer Application. You must be a registered Democrat or Republican and live in Madison County. You CAN NOT have changed your party in the last year.
Q: What are the work hours for election officers on Election Day?
A: Election officers must arrive at their precinct at 5:15 A.M. They remain in the precinct until the last voter in line at 6:00 P.M. has voted and all end of Election Day procedures are complete. After the polls close, the two judges (one Democrat & one Republican) must return, in the same vehicle, with the election supplies, to the County Clerk's office.
Q: Do I get paid for being an election officer?
A: All officers are paid $125 for serving at the precinct on Election Day. Officers are paid an additional $25 for attending a required training session.
Q: How do I become a candidate?
A: Procedures for qualifying and running for office are established by the Kentucky Constitution and Kentucky Statutes. For information on candidate filing procedures, qualifications for each office and sample forms you may download the "Declaring Your Candidacy" publication at http://www.sos.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Q: Where do I get the filing papers I need to become a candidate?
A: Local candidates can pick up filing papers at the Madison County Clerk's office. Candidates wishing to run for federal, state or judicial office must contact the Secretary of State's office.