NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A Jackson County woman was honored Friday for her dedication to helping with elections for more than six decades.
Eva Young has volunteered to work the polls for Jackson County for the past 67 years.
The May 2018 primary will be the first Election Day since 1950 that voters will not get to see her when they cast a ballot.
Young's late husband is the one who originally volunteered for the county.
"He got busy farming and I had to take his place," Young said. "And I've done it every time since then."
Over the years, she has seen a lot of changes come to the election process.
"We just had to do it, write it down and then when we got the sheet we had to count them and it'd take until midnight nearly every time to get done," Young said. "Now it's just really easy because we've got the machines."
Young liked working the elections because she got to meet new people and see friends that she didn't get to visit with very often.
On Friday, she was given a capital citation from Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin thanking her for her years of service.
A letter was also sent to Young by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. He thanked her for supporting our democratic process and ensuring the success of Jackson County elections.