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Non-partisan group mixes Halloween and voting

Posted October 31, 2008

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— About 30 costumed adults knocked on doors in Durham Friday night, but they weren’t asking for candy.

The volunteers, part of the national non-partisan effort Trick-or-Vote, distributed voter guides and reminded people to cast their vote on Nov. 4.

“I think we all need reminders and a little push,” costumed volunteer Celeste Richie said.

The project aims to increase young voter turnout. The group says the most effective method to boost voter turnout, in general, is face-to-face contact, according to the group’s Web site.

Trick-or-Vote began in 2004 with volunteers participating on or around Halloween in 11 cities across the country. The event drew more than 800 volunteers who knocked on 300,000 doors.

This year volunteer participated in more than 20 cities. The goal is to have 5,000 volunteers visit 100,000 doors.

Voter Taundra Nickens was happy to see the group in Durham on Friday night because she wasn’t sure where to find her polling place.

“I think it is wonderful. That was a great idea. I was surprised to see them when they came up,” Nickens said.


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