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Voting Open for UK Staff Senate and UK Women’s Forum

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2023)  Elections for University of Kentucky Staff Senate and the UK Women’s Forum membership are open now. Vote online today through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2023.  

Voting details and eligibility

  • Candidates for Staff Senate are running for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026. Voting for Staff Senate is open to all UK staff who are in a regular position with a 0.50 time equivalent or greater. 
    • The Staff Senate is divided into four sectors — President, Provost, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration — which are determined by the university’s organizational chart. 
    • You can only vote for candidates in your sector. You will see your specific ballot once you login to vote.
  • Candidates for the Women’s Forum are running for two-year terms beginning June 26, 2023. Voting for Women’s Forum is open to all regular staff and faculty who are 0.75 equivalent or greater. University faculty and staff interested in becoming a general member of the UK Women’s Forum can access membership information online.
  • Eligible employees can vote in elections online here. Voters will be prompted to login using their linkblue ID and password and then directed to the appropriate voting site and ballot(s).

For more information about the Staff Senate, contact Sarah Steen at or Staff Senate Chair Olivia Ellis at For more information about the Women’s Forum election, contact Candace Bramley-Hardesty at

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