Jimmy Carter: Citizens can still be powerful in elections

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Posted: May 20, 2016 5:46 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter bemoans the influence of big donors in elections and "polarized" political parties. But the former president says he remains hopeful and especially encouraged college-age people will stay engaged by voting, protesting and otherwise speaking out.

A wide-ranging interview with Carter on Friday opened a new National Archives event series highlighting immigration, civil and women's rights and educational access.

Carter announced in August that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer but in March announced he had stopped receiving regular drug treatments after several scans found no cancer in his body.

The 91-year-old didn't address his health before an audience of about 130 people at his presidential library Friday in Atlanta.

He's stayed busy, including a recent trip to England and plans to attend a Willie Nelson concert Friday.