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San Francisco Woman Honored As State’s Longest-Serving Poll Worker

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San Francisco poll worker Elisa Kennedy. (CBS)

San Francisco poll worker Elisa Kennedy. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Since 1937, Elisa Kennedy has figured in almost every election in San Francisco without ever having run for office.

The 96-year-old woman has either hosted an election polling place in her own home or worked at a polling place in nearly every ballot vote during the past 75 years, a time that has spanned 120 elections and 18 presidential contests.

In recognition to her longtime service to city elections, on Election Day 2012, Kennedy received the Medallion Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State, from California Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

“A lot has changed in politics and 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,” Bowen said in a prepared statement.

The award was to be bestowed upon Kennedy at a polling place at 1254 40th Ave. in San Francisco’s Sunset District.

KCBS’ Janice Wright Reports:

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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