Happy 4th of July, and happy 16th person in the People Do Good Things series! While we’re celebrating with hot dogs and flags and patriotism, let’s also celebrate my friend Carlotta, who is spending her evening at Auditorium Shores registering people to vote.
Carlotta is an advertising creative executive, a haiku artist and a busy single mom with a tricky schedule. Why did she decide to do volunteer as a registrar now? Like many of us, she started to feel the weight of this political season. “I began to feel powerless,” she says. “I wanted to DO something, but something that worked with the time I had. This seemed like a great fit.”
Getting certified as a voter registrar only took about an hour through. “Once you're certified, you can go anywhere and set up shop, as long as you get permission from the property owners and do it in a non-partisan manner. You can also go door-to-door in neighborhoods with low-turnout, if you like.”
In addition to today’s event, Carlotta and her friend Gaby have set up their registration table a few times at Casey’s New Orleans Snowballs, a smart move on a hot afternoon—lots of foot traffic and lots of people waiting in line. “We've already met many interesting people. Although most folks say they're already registered, our presence there—even without any sort of partisan campaign material—makes people aware of this service, reminds people of their civic duty and provokes political discourse. It’s very satisfying. Many people say ‘Thank you for doing this.’ It heartens me to see that folks care about the political process, about the role they play in our government.”
Yes, we care. Thank you for your role too, Carlotta.