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February 5, 2008

Lee County --  There were some fresh, young faces working the elections in Lee County Tuesday.

At Precinct 7, those faces belonged to Lee County High School Seniors Kristin Grebel and Merritt Johnson.  Both are part of Lee County's Youth Poll Officer program. 

You have to be at least 16, and go through a training session to volunteer at the polls election day. 

Both say it's given them a better understanding of the elections process.

"I think the best thing is most teenagers don't have the opportunity to get involved with it and so most of them don't know what's going on, or the process of how people are elected," said Kristin Grebel.

"I did vote today, early this morning, and I think it's important for all the young people to get involved, because like Kristin said, they won't have a word, and by voting they can have a word in what goes on," said Merritt Johnson.

The volunteers often work a long day, from 6:00AM until after the polls close at seven. 

Election managers say the girls are very helpful and often have a better understanding of the election computers than some workers who have been working the polls for years.

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