‘Grab ’em by the ballot box’: Marchers in Los Angeles look ahead to midterm elections

Ali Davis, 46, of Koreatown holds a sign urging marchers to get politically involved.

Ali Davis, 46, of Koreatown holds a sign urging marchers to get politically involved. (Michael Livingston / Los Angeles Times)

A year after the inaugural Women’s March, some Angelenos were less interested in reacting to the Trump presidency than plotting to stymie it.

“A protest is great, but if you don’t follow that up by bothering your politicians and going to vote, it doesn’t do much,” said Ali Davis, 46, a Koreatown resident who was holding a sign that read, “Grab em by the ballot box.”

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Every election since she was 16, Catrena Norris Carter has gone door to door, urging black Alabama voters to the polls.

In the months leading up to Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race, the community activist and a band of mostly black women registered college students to vote, waved signs on street corners and egged on fellow African Americans at churches, sororities and even football stadiums to be sure to cast their ballots.

“Hey, we worked our butts off,” said Norris Carter, 49, an organizer with Vote or Die, a get-out-the-vote group that canvassed on Democrat Doug Jones’ behalf in Birmingham, Montgomery and black rural communities. “A win’s been a long time coming.”

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