For more than 6 decades, Powell County woman works at polling place

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POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For more than six decades, a Powell County woman has served her community by working at an election polling place.

Betty Neal, of Powell County, told our sister station, WKYT, that since she was 17 years old she has worked at an election polling place every year

"I was 17 in the May Primary. I've been here ever since. I'm 81 now and I was 17 then. That's a lot of years," Neal said.

That is 64 years she has served her community.

Last week, county clerks from across the state announced a shortage of poll workers.

Even despite suffering from three heart attacks, a stroke and living with arthritis, she still shows up every year.

Why does she keep coming back every year? Her answer is simple.

"All the people. I love the people of Powell County," Neal said.

Even though she has talked of quitting, more than likely you will see her for many years to come.

"This last summer, I really thought about it and then I changed my mind, said I'll do it on more year. So, you never know I may be 100 before I quit," Neal said.

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