“My day starts at about four o'clock...”

When voters go to the polls in San Diego on Election Day, many of them will be greeted by a big-rig driver.

Boyd Applegate hauls freight for a living, but each Election Day he comes home to volunteer at the polls.

Boyd has worked nearly every election — primary and general — for the past 20 years.

And he spoke with his sister, Rhonda Dixon, for StoryCorps.

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Boyd won the Goodyear Highway Hero Award in 1993 for saving 3 people from auto accidents.

Listen here to Boyd speaking about his volunteer work as a real-beard Santa Claus.

Recorded in San Diego, California
Music Info: Black Fur by Fredrik from the Album Na Na Ni
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Michael Garofalo
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