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Brings back fond memories. Like Pop Mannion, I was a Democratic committeeman. I would spend election days circulating among precincts and picking up elderly or disabled voters who asked us for a ride to the polls. For many of these people, if they only left home once each year it would be to vote. There was a sense of satisfaction they found in actually going to the polls as opposed to voting absentee. It was a joy to be a part of it.

We never asked anyone how they intended to vote, and we would gladly give registered Republicans a ride, too, if they asked. Of course, back then, the electorate was not as polarized and registered Republicans would often split a ticket and vote for at least one Democrat.

I wonder if there are people in Alabama giving lifts to those who need to go sixty miles or so in order to obtain an ID for voter registration. I'm sure it would help overcome some of the discriminatory barriers to voting erected by the current Republican party. It's sad that more than fifty years after the Freedom Summer, some parts of the country still need a voter registration drive in order to help overcome voter suppression.

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