Secretaries of State Honor Poll Worker For 75 Years of Service

California's longest-serving poll worker was awarded a medal for her participation in almost every election since 1937.

by / November 8, 2012

On Election Day, a poll worker in California was honored for serving in nearly every election or hosting polling locations in her San Francisco home for 75 years. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) gave Elisa Kennedy, who was born in 1916 and participated in almost every election since 1937, the NASS Medallion Award for her service and dedication to government through more than 120 elections.

“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,” said Secretary Debra Bowen, California’s chief elections official, in a press release. “The people of San Francisco have been fortunate to have Elisa help elections run smoothly, and I am so grateful to her and thousands of others who volunteer to serve as poll workers year after year.”

California elections require 100,000 poll workers across 24,000 polling places. Today, a poll worker is paid an average of $100 for one day's work. “It’s been in my blood,” Kennedy said. “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. It’s the wonderful people.”

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