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Voting Options for Trustee Elections and Eligible Voter Information

The Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) will be offering online voting in future Board of Trustee (Board) elections. To cast your vote online, you need a valid email address for your KRS account. You can log in to our self service website using your current User ID and Password or register today to access your account online. Once you log in, please review your contact information and make sure we have your current email address. 

An electronic ballot will automatically be sent to all eligible voters with a valid email address on file. If you prefer to receive a paper ballot, please log in to our self service website between November 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020. You will be presented with an option to receive a paper ballot. You can change your designation at any time between November 1 and November 30. After November 30, 2020, your choice will be locked in until the next election cycle.

The next election is for members of the County Employees Retirement System (CERS). Eligible voters are active, inactive, or retired member of CERS. Beneficiaries are not considered eligible voters. Only eligible voters from CERS will be provided with a ballot in the upcoming election. 

Seeking Applicants from CERS for 2021 Election to the KRS Board of Trustees 

Kentucky Revised Statute 61.645 provides that three Trustees shall be elected by the eligible members of CERS for a four-year term. The next election for Trustees from CERS will be held in early 2021 for the term beginning April 1, 2021. KRS is seeking applications from members of CERS interested in serving as a Trustee. 

There are currently three elected CERS representatives on the Board. Two of these representatives have a term that expires on March 31, 2021 and one has a term that expires on October 31, 2021. Voting for all three seats will open in January 2021. When voting concludes in March 2021, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will begin their term April 1, 2021, with a term expiration date of March 31, 2025. The candidate with the third highest number of votes will begin his/her term on November 1, 2021, with a term expiration date of March 31, 2025. A candidate cannot hold two positions at one time, so in the event that one of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes is the incumbent Trustee whose term ends October 31, 2021, that candidate will continue serving in the current position and then begin the next term when the current term ends. If that situation arises, the candidate with the third highest votes will begin his/her term on April 1, 2021. 

Eligibility Requirements for Elected Trustees

Applicants must be an active, inactive, or retired member of CERS. Applicants cannot be current or former employees of KRS. A person who has served three consecutive terms on the board is ineligible to apply unless there has been at least four years since his or her last term ended. Applicants cannot hold an office or position that is constitutionally incompatible with the position of Trustee. Nomination information will be forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky to determine whether any constitutional incompatibility exists. If a constitutional incompatibility exists, the individual and the Board shall be notified.

Application Process

An applicant must submit a completed application , a detailed résumé, and a signed release for a criminal background check  to be performed by Kentucky State Police.  If you wish to receive these forms by mail, you may contact Kristen Coffey.

Application, résumé, and signed release for criminal background check must be received at the office of Kentucky Retirement Systems by close of business on July 31, 2020

The Board will nominate candidates to be a Trustee at the quarterly board meeting held in September.   

Note: Applications, résumés, and releases for background checks received after July 31 will not be considered for nomination by the Board at the quarterly meeting in September.

Meeting for Individuals Submitting a Résumé

An informational meeting will be held in August 2020 for all individuals who submit the required documentation to the Board for nomination.  The purpose of the meeting will be to acquaint individuals with the election process and to review the administration of KRS. 

Nominations by the Membership

Once the candidates are announced after the September 10, 2020, Board meeting, additional individuals may be placed on the election ballot by submitting a petition from the CERS membership. Per Kentucky Revised Statute 61.645, the petition must contain the name, last four digits of social security number, and signature of no less than 1,324 members (1/10 of the number of members voting in the last election). Petitions to be included on the election ballot must be submitted to the Division of Internal Audit no later than November 30, 2020.  

Election Timetable

July 31, 2020

Due date for receipt of application, résumés, and release for background check for Board nomination.

August 2020

Informational meeting for individuals submitting a résumé.

September 10, 2020

Quarterly Board Meeting.  The Board will nominate candidates to be placed on the election ballot.

November 30, 2020

Last day to file a petition to be placed on the election ballot.

December 31, 2020

Ballots prepared.

January 20, 2021

Ballots made available/mailed to membership.

March 1, 2021

Date by which votes must be cast/ballot must be postmarked.

March 15, 2021

Ballots tabulated.

April 1, 2021

Winners of election begin term of office.

 


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