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Amanda Bass tries to inspire young people to get involved in politics, paraphrasing something photographer Gordon Parks said about using a camera: “You have to have a reason to pick it up. You have to have a story to tell.” As the regional field director for Georgia Campaign for Change, this 20-year-old says you have to believe in what you’re fighting for.
Amanda believes in her cause to register voters in Georgia so much, she once chased down a bus. She was waiting for a man to finish registering when his bus started leaving. She ran to climb aboard and asked them to wait two minutes for him to finish, and they did. But that is just one of the many people she’s registered, on football fields, in beauty shops or outside stores, while working for Barack Obama’s campaign.
Until election day, it’s crunch time for Amanda and her staff. She says it’s late to bed, early to rise and lots of coffee. She oversees voter registration efforts for 18 Georgia counties by organizing phone banks and planning events. She also hasn’t gone anywhere in months without a voter registration form. She says she even hands out forms through her car window while getting coffee through the drive-thru.
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