BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- In an effort to get the Capital Area Transit System’s Tax Renewal passed, Together Baton Rouge is putting in overtime canvassing the community.
Leader Jennifer Carwile said access to public transportation is a basic necessity.
“A good city has public transportation, I grew up in Chicago,” Carwile said. “I’m very accustomed to having very good transportation. I know that Baton Rouge has little ways to go, but it’s not going to get there without public support.”
Every ten years, East Baton Rouge residents vote whether or not to renew tax funding for the Capital Area Transit System. Resource leader Edgar Cage said it adds to the quality of life for community members.
“It’s so important to the economy of Baton Rouge, to our economic development, to those people who need a way to work who have no other means of transportation, who can’t afford a car, who can’t afford insurance,” said Cage.
In addition to canvassing bright and early from door to door, the team has also been phone banking and text banking to reach people on a personal level and hopefully get them to the polls.
“This is not a big election, this is not a senate election, this is not a presidential election,” Carwile said. Several doors we knocked on, they didn’t even realize there was an election today.”
Organizers said they focused on under-resourced communities while canvassing to give people the opportunity to have a voice through the voting process.
“These are the people who actually use CATS and need CATS,” said Cage.
The organization is hoping their hard work leads to a victory.