BOISE, Idaho -

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney will be working the polls in northern Idaho during Tuesday's election.
   
Nez Perce County Clerk Patty Weeks said Monday that she first invited Denney to work the May primary election, but the secretary had another commitment. So the two rescheduled for him to work the general election.
   
This will be the first election Denney -- a former House Speaker in the Idaho Legislature -- has spent as a poll worker.
   
Weeks said it's important for the secretary of state to know how ballots are cast and counted in order to make informed decisions.
   
Denney will start Monday by helping open absentee ballot envelopes. On Tuesday, Denney will work as a poll watcher in the county's largest precinct and then participate in the ballot count.