On a hot New Orleans summer day, Mr. Willie and I wait outside the historic Circle Foods grocery store, eager to register voters for the upcoming election on November 6.

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A widely circulated photo of Circle Foods after the levees breached 13 years ago.

To my disappointment, most people we talk to refuse to register to vote—on principle. Some explain they want to stay out of politics, while others claim their vote doesn’t matter. Many simply walk away as soon as they hear the “V” word.

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I registered 3 people to vote over a 3-hour period.

While I empathize with their lack of confidence in the presidential election process—with its gerrymandering and the electoral college—I cannot accept that our votes in local elections “don’t matter” or are “just politics.” …


Stanford Rosenthal

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