BALTIMORE, Md. — Older voters worried about safely getting to the polls next month while dodging the coronavirus will have a stylish, unconventional transportation option: A free limo ride, courtesy of funeral homeowners in Baltimore and around the country.
Local funeral home directors say they hope to transport up to 21,000 people in Baltimore to voting booths for the Nov. 3 election, part of an effort by the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association to offer rides to as many as 300,000 people nationwide.
The initiative is not new, said Hari P. Close, the organization’s national president and owner of Hari P. Close Funeral Service in Northeast Baltimore. The organization has driven people to the polls in Baltimore for 25 years, Close said, and the service peaked with about 300,000 rides nationally for the 2008 and 2012 election victories of President Barack Obama.
That figure dipped to about 80,000 four