Campaign Diaries: Cruising for Voters

In Durham, N.C., Funeral Limos Offer Free Rides to the Polls

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Fred Foster

Fred Foster has organized a limo service that offers voters in Durham, N.C., free rides to the polls. James Todd for NPR hide caption

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On election day in Durham, N.C., some local funeral homes send limousines out to search the streets for bodies. Not corpses, but warm bodies registered to vote and in need of a ride to the polls.

These funeral home vehicles are pressed into service by community activist Fred Foster, who works with the non-partisan Durham Voter Coalition. In the latest NPR Campaign Diary, Foster talks about his efforts to get out the vote in style.

About Campaign Diaries

Throughout the 2004 election season, NPR will present an intimate first-person look at the campaign.

In a series called Campaign Diaries, we'll hear accounts from passionate volunteers, professional campaign workers, typical voters and election bystanders, people who organize campaign events or drive voters to the polls.

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