Don’t expect to see Katie Couric‘s name on a ballot anytime soon!
At a New York City screening of her political documentary I Voted?, the former Today anchor and current Yahoo news anchor said that while she’s interviewed many politicians, she would never consider a bureaucratic career herself.
“Never, no, never!” Couric, executive producer of the film, tells PEOPLE with a laugh. “I have too many skeletons in my closet!”
Couric, who calls the 2016 election the “craziest one” she’s ever seen, is worried the turbulent race is discouraging potential future leaders from running for president.
“Our discourse and our politics have become so vicious and brutal,” she says. “Sadly, there’s a reason more people aren’t willing to become the man or woman in the arena, as Teddy Roosevelt said.”
Couric’s film I Voted?, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, examines the U.S. election system and a growing concern from experts on election integrity in the country — specifically, irregularities in digital ballots.
“Our democracy is fragile — both in terms of protecting it and participating in it,” she says. “If you don’t have faith and confidence in the institution of voting, that undermines the institution of democracy.”
The film stars vocal artist Jason Grant Smith, who travels across the country to expose these loopholes.
“We need to prioritize our democracy and we don’t do that!” Smith tells PEOPLE. “It’s difficult because democracy competes for our attention with other issues in our lives, but we can’t let it slip off our radar.”
Despite the “craziness” of the 2016 election, Couric says one good thing has come from the race: millennial involvement in politics.
“More young people are being energized by this election,” she says. “They’re engaged, Bernie Sanders really got people interested. I’ve talked to young people who said because of their involvement in this campaign, they’re interested in going into public service.
“And that’s a nice positive thing in an election where 82 percent of the people are disgusted.”