Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday announced a new initiative for Kentucky lawyers to be of assistance to state and local governments.
The Secretary of State’s Volunteer Lawyers Program will allow Kentucky attorneys to lend legal assistance to matters that may arise on Election Days. The attorneys may offer counsel to the Secretary of State, the State Board of Elections, county clerks and local boards of elections.
“Our Commonwealth is flush with legal talent who are eager to give back to Kentucky. The Volunteer Lawyers Program is a perfect way for attorneys to gain experience working with government by helping navigate legal matters that arise on Election Day,” Grimes said.
Problems at polling places on Election Day are often serious and convoluted for persons not familiar with the intricacies of election law. The role of the volunteer attorney will be to serve as a neutral source of information.
Volunteer attorneys who are part of the program must act in a neutral, non-partisan capacity. The Secretary of the State will contact the volunteer attorney as needed to respond to problems across the state. Attorneys prohibited from participating in the program include those who are actively involved in a political campaign or whose name or family member’s name appears as a candidate on the ballot.
As the 2018 elections approach, Secretary Grimes will work with the Kentucky Bar Association to issue a call for attorneys to participate this fall. Attorneys interested in serving in the Volunteer Lawyers Program should email firstname.lastname@example.org.