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Sharon in action. Photo by Liliana Rodriguez / Oxfam America

Last week I talked to Sharon Hanshaw, executive director of Oxfam America partner Coastal Women for Change (CWC), about her group’s grassroots efforts to register voters in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Here’s Sharon on the importance of going door-to-door, the best thing to say when you’re holding a megaphone, and what inspired a 70-year-old woman to register for the first time:


Oh and also: voter registration deadlines are fast approaching in most US states. If you haven’t registered yet—or if you know someone who needs to—go to This nonpartisan group offers voter links, helpful FAQs, and of course, a fast and easy registration form. Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+