Honoring a true poll veteran

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(AP) – There are people who believe in voting, and then there’s Elisa Kennedy.

The National Association of Secretaries of State honored California’s longest-serving poll worker with a medal Tuesday for her years of service — 75 of them, to be exact.

Kennedy, 96, born before women got the vote, began volunteering as a poll worker in San Francisco shortly after she reached eligible voting age. FDR was president — and it was his first term.

“A lot has changed in politics and in the world since Elisa first volunteered as a poll worker 75 years ago, but her commitment to democracy and her devotion to her community has remained constant,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen said in a statement.

Kennedy, who has worked nearly 120 elections, said it’s the “wonderful people” who keep her coming back.

“I find it very rewarding, in that I’ve met so many people through the years and it’s been a great satisfaction to me,” she said in a statement.

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