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Granny D Rocks the Vote, On Tour

Nonagenarian political activist Doris Haddock, -- better known to NPR listeners as Granny D -- is still at it. She was in Tallahassee, Fla., recently when NPR's John Ydstie checked in with her for an update.

Haddock's latest crusade is called Working Women Vote! 2004. She and her fellow activists are traveling around the country, taking on the jobs of working women who need a break from to register to vote.

A recent job swap saw Granny D filling in for a mermaid at Tampa's Weeki Wachee Springs theme park -- she also helped feed alligators.

Granny D was introduced on NPR in 1999 through a series of interviews conducted as she walked across the country to raise awareness of the need for national campaign finance reform. She was convinced to become involved in politics by her grandson.

While the voter registration drive takes a little less shoe leather than her campaign finance reform walkathon, Granny D participates with the same awe-inspiring, age-defying level of dedication. Her next stops include Louisiana, Missouri and Iowa.

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