Image via Flickr
Most sane people can agree that Taco Tuesdays should be a weekly national holiday for the obvious reason that tacos are amazing. Some fools, however, want to fight that notion and the most notable example of this—besides Hispanic-phobic Donald Trump himself—has been Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez. Last month he warned Americans that without extreme measures to prevent the spread of Mexican culture (i.e., his own culture), there would be “taco trucks on every corner.” As if that’s a bad thing.
Thanks to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, we’ll be seeing a lot more tacos and a lot more registered voters. In an effort to increase America’s Latino voting population, the USHCC decided to offer voter registration services at—you guessed it—taco trucks. Since the #GuacTheVote campaign went into action October 3, Texans have been able to register to vote at eight different taco trucks around Houston, Remezcla reports.
Best. Tweet. Ever. #GuacTheVote https://t.co/6dXpP4o3uX— Dr. Katie Hinde (@Dr. Katie Hinde) 1475622049
Since then, several other taco-truck-registration-booth hybrids have opened up throughout the country. The Arizona Democratic Party recruited 150 taco trucks throughout its state to run voter-registration services. Tamale House East’s part owner Jose Valera joined the effort to increase registered voter numbers in Travis County, Texas. As he explained to the Austin American-Statesman,
“As a business owner, I want to stay apolitical. But this is not a partisan push—this is a voter registration push, and something we’d like to turn into a voter-turnout push. It’ll be a success if we get 50 new voters.”
Efforts like these are crucial since there are 27 million Latinos eligible to vote in this election; or, in other words, 27 million opportunities to defeat Donald Trump. Only about half of eligible Latino voters cast ballots in the 2012 election, reports the The New York Times, meaning that an increase of this demographic could have a big impact on this election.
Though you’ll have to act fast if you want to get signed up while also picking up lunch. According to Houston Public Media, the drive will run through this Taco Tuesday, October 11. And if you’re looking to register in more conventional ways, don’t forget to check out our guide to registering in less than two minutes. It should also go without saying that once you’re registered, don’t forget to get out and vote.