Registration drive puts mind on voting

posted on:
October 8, 2006

author:
Alvin Benn

Edward Pickett drove to a grocery store to pick up some bacon, eggs and cheese Saturday morning and left with voting on his mind.

“This is the first time I’ll ever vote,’ said Pickett, 52. “I’m proud of what I’ve done. I feel good.”

So did Navan Ward and Larry Golston, two Montgomery lawyers who spent part of their day at Calhoun Foods on Fairview Avenue registering voters in time for them to case ballots in the November general election.

The two University of Alabama Law School graduates who work for the Montgomery firm represented the Capital City Bar Association.

A statement issued by the organization before the event said it was registering voters to “combat voter apathy that is so prevalent within our society.”

“This year more than any other, we have the opportunity to put highly qualified candidates into office who actually care about out interest,” the group stated. “The clock has turned back enough. Let’s do what we can to move it forward again.”

Ward praised Calhoun Foods founder Greg Calhoun for agreeing to allow the bar association to set up a voter registration table outside the store’s entrance.

“We have to vote. We have to let out voice be heard,” said Ward. “I think we’ve been able to register 12 people including (Pickett) so far this morning. That’s great.”

Golston, who is president of the Capital City Bar Association, said notices were sent to local schools to inform students of their organization’s registration drive.

“We’ve stopped people who went into the store and asked the if they were registered,” Golston said. “Most of those we’ve registered today were young.

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