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Wanna a limo ride to the polls?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 4:54 pm in 2008 June primary, Contra Costa County, Contra Costa politics, Election 2008.

Here’s an interesting campaign strategy: Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover is offering free limo rides to the polls on Tuesday.

Two voters per ride minimum, presumably to cut down on the carbon footprint of the limousine.

Gee, turnout is supposed to be really low but do have to bribe people with fancy rides to get people to vote?

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  • Suzie L.

    Anything to get voters to the polls! My daughter who rarely votes is voting in June and going in style in one of Mr. Glover’s limos. Love the idea.

  • Andrew

    I’m taking the limo to vote. What a cool idea! My girlfriend and I are going to vote together.

  • Steve Marston

    Lisa – you said it right. Glover is bribing people to vote, presumably for him. Isn’t that some violation of law?

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    I’m pretty sure it’s only illegal if Glover gives voters something in return for voting for him.

    He’s giving people a ride to the polls but they will cast secret ballots for the candidates of their choice.

    Historically, candidates and their supporters throughout the country offer all kinds of services to get people to show up the polls, including transportation and even childcare.

    My use of the word “bribe” was not intended to suggest that Glover is trying to buy votes but to ask why the public has to be lured to the polls to vote. It’s every citizen’s job to make an informed decision about the governance of their country.

    Turnout may reach historic lows on Tuesday. That’s sad.

  • RR

    Nice move, Mr Glover. I’m holding out for a stretch limo. Guy and Mary, are ya listening?

  • Theresa D.

    In the old days, polling places used to be in bars where people gathered so as to increase turnout. Lisa, it is what it is. We need to look for creative, out-of-the-box methods to get people excited about voting again. Civic duty may not be enough. Glover’s idea may seem grandeur on the surface, but if it gets people (young people, too) out to vote, then I wholeheartedly support it.

  • Theresa D.

    In the old days, polling places used to be in bars where people gathered so as to increase turnout. Lisa, it is what it is. We need to look for creative, out-of-the-box methods to get people excited about voting again. Civic duty may not be enough. Glover’s idea may seem grandeur on the surface, but if it gets people (young people, too) out to vote, then I wholeheartedly support it.

  • Los Medanos College Student

    I am a student at Los Medanos and am excited about taking a limo to vote. It shows how privileged we are to be able to vote in a democracy. It is a great idea and I am bringing along my friends. We’re voting in style!

  • Karen Hughes

    Federal Glover is really getting desperate! He now offers idiots the LIMO incentive and that spells LOSER! This after sending out flyers stating how much he values the environment and is concerned about air pollution. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!

    If you need a limo to take you to the polls to getyou to vote, then you’re not much of a citizen!

    I’m going to walk to my polling place which is a mile away … I will not contribute to air pollution by driving.

  • Karen Hughes

    Federal Glover is really getting desperate! He now offers idiots the LIMO incentive and that spells LOSER! This after sending out flyers stating how much he values the environment and is concerned about air pollution. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!

    If you need a limo to take you to the polls to getyou to vote, then you’re not much of a citizen!

    I’m going to walk to my polling place which is a mile away … I will not contribute to air pollution by driving.

  • Patti

    I hope he is not using taxpayer money to provide this limo service…

  • Patti

    I hope he is not using taxpayer money to provide this limo service…

  • Ted

    Karen,
    Good for you for walking! However, the sad fact is that most people out here use their cars to go short distances. The mailer says a minimum of two for the ride. Since most people arrive at the polling place singly in their individual cars, this limo service is actually GOOD for the environment.

  • Ted

    Karen,
    Good for you for walking! However, the sad fact is that most people out here use their cars to go short distances. The mailer says a minimum of two for the ride. Since most people arrive at the polling place singly in their individual cars, this limo service is actually GOOD for the environment.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Where is our District III Limo !!!!!
    I’m jealous. I guess I will go green and ride my bicycle to the polls.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Where is our District III Limo !!!!!
    I’m jealous. I guess I will go green and ride my bicycle to the polls.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Karen,
    When you walk. Will it be in the snow carrying a tuba ?
    My dad gave me that bologna.

  • Patriot Johnny

    Karen,
    When you walk. Will it be in the snow carrying a tuba ?
    My dad gave me that bologna.

  • Arne Simonsen

    Normally my wife and I would walk to our polling place, but with Federal Glover picking up the tab for a limo (and of course the increased “carbon footprint”) we might take him up on his offer as we cast our votes for Gary Agopian!

    I guess it beats getting a “chicken in every pot” (opps, I think my chickens out back heard me say that – scratch the “chiken in every pot” idea).

  • Arne Simonsen

    Normally my wife and I would walk to our polling place, but with Federal Glover picking up the tab for a limo (and of course the increased “carbon footprint”) we might take him up on his offer as we cast our votes for Gary Agopian!

    I guess it beats getting a “chicken in every pot” (opps, I think my chickens out back heard me say that – scratch the “chiken in every pot” idea).

  • Greg S

    I know this is a blog, but still the title “Wanna a limo ride to the polls” is just poor grammer. The title should be want, not wanna, or drop the “a” in the title as in “Wanna limo ride to the polls” As I understand internet speak to be, “wanna” is short for “want a”, so the way I read the title of the post right now it says “Want a a limo ride to the polls” I know I don’t have the best grammar but that is just ridiculous.

  • Greg S

    I know this is a blog, but still the title “Wanna a limo ride to the polls” is just poor grammer. The title should be want, not wanna, or drop the “a” in the title as in “Wanna limo ride to the polls” As I understand internet speak to be, “wanna” is short for “want a”, so the way I read the title of the post right now it says “Want a a limo ride to the polls” I know I don’t have the best grammar but that is just ridiculous.

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