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97-year-old election worker honored

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ALLISON (KWWL) -

The oldest election worker in the state is honored Wednesday for her service and civic duty.

Maurine Wagoner, 97, lives in the Butler County area, and she's been working the polls since 1982.

Age is just a number when it comes to Maurine Wagoner.

The retired teacher has been working elections for more than 30 years, and despite her love to help, she says this will be her last year.

Maurine will play an important role Nov. 8.

She's set to work a full day in Parkersburg, recording election data by hand, in case machines malfunction.

"I just think that's part of our civic duty. If we're chosen to serve on election boards and whatever capacity, I think we should feel honored," Wagoner said.

Not only is Maurine being honored for her service and civic duty here at the Butler County Courthouse, but she's also voting absentee.

So, come election night, she'll be ready to work.

"My favorite is the sign-in person, and getting to greet the people. You should make them feel glad that they're there, and not only are they doing their duty, but it's privilege to live in our country," Wagoner said.

Even though Maurine is recognized by the Secretary of State for her years of hard work, she remains modest, and she says working this upcoming election will be like any other and nothing special.

"I really don't think so. I think it'll go pretty much the same as others have," Wagoner said.

Maurine is one of nearly 60 people working elections in Butler County, and the county auditor said she's happy to see her back again.

According to Maurine, this is the last election she plans to work.

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