Interview with Geraldine Williams

Could, could you talk about the voter edu--voter education, what you had to do after the primary, because you were saying before--


Well, you see, a lot of people had just registered. And they knew nothing whatsoever about voting. And af--we had stressed so much that you must vote for Carl in the primary and you won't get a second chance. Now, if you don't put him on the ballot you can forget the whole deal. So they went out and voted for him. I think that was October the third. Okay. We said now, we've got to get them back to the polls again November seventh. So we had telephone banks going and we would call them and we would visit them. We'd have the block captains go see 'em, the block supervisors. And they'd tell us, "Already voted for him." We said, "Oh my God. We got to do a voter education campaign." They said, "Yes, but you just put him on the ticket. You've got to go back again and vote to be sure that he's the mayor." And that was a job**. Because we had all these new registered voters that had never voted before and we had a job on our hands. Of course, we had no trouble in, uh, with the republicans. They all crossed over. Most of the Black ones. You know. Because you don't have to declare your politics in the, uh, in the general. Just go in and mark your ballot for Stokes.