After 60 years, poll worker votes to retire

/ Source: The Associated Press

WARREN, Ohio — From Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush, Claudia Scott worked the polls in this northeastern Ohio city.

She retired last week after Election Day, ending 60 years of helping voters cast ballots.

Scott worked her first election in 1946 and her final one last Tuesday in the same location —the First Street School in Warren's Sixth Ward.

Voting technology has changed greatly during that time, and Scott said electronic voting machines seem to "confuse a lot of people."

Scott's family celebrated her retirement and her recent 93rd birthday with a party Sunday.

The woman whose election career started in Truman's presidency and ended in the Bush administration encouraged her family to vote, which she called a "privilege," said her daughter, Bonnie Burks.

Scott has 10 children, 33 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Warfield Scott, died in 1996.

Scott said she started working at the polls on the advice of a sister-in-law because she needed a job. She said she only missed one election and was not feeling well Tuesday, but still managed to work.