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DC Vote's Eli Zigas is Ready and "Abe-l"

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Zigas, as Abe, signs up two more for the cause.

DENVER -- In 2000, Eli Zigas bought a black tux for his senior prom at Wilson High School and grew out a beard sans mustache. Call him wacky, but he just liked the look. Little did he know that both would come in handy years later at the Democratic National Convention.

Zigas, the program associate for DC Vote, the advocacy group that pushes for Congressional voting rights, is dressing up each day as Abe Lincoln, complete with tophat, to draw attention to the cause. He walks the streets handing out information, trying to get people to sign petitions and, mostly, getting his picture taken with giddy passers-by who are schocked to see a modern-day Abe walking around in the Mile High City.

Zigas estimated that he poses for about 75 to 100 pictures a day, but unlike Hollywood celebs he remains surprisingly good humored about the whole thing. "It's fun," he said today, as he canvassed along 16th Street, a retail and restaurant row in the center of downtown Denver. "I can't do it forever, but it's energizing."

Do people get what he's trying to talk to them about?

"Some do, but not everyone," Zigas said. "Some say, 'Oh, you're cute. Let me take a photo.'"

Zigas attended Grinnell College in Iowa, majoring in policy studies. As a student he attended the prestigious Academy of Achievement seminar in Los Angeles in 2005.

Though he grew up in Washington and stumps for a quintessential District organization, Zigas has a little secret: He lives in Alexandria, meaning he's not disenfranchised. Honestly, Abe!

By David A Nakamura  |  August 26, 2008; 3:17 PM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Abe Lincoln a Republican?

No matter, I dig the outfit and the cause.

Posted by: Sarah B. | August 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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