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Election 2016

Houston Taco Trucks Doubling As Voter Registration Booths

Design firm Rigsby Hull and Latino activist group Mi Familia Vota are partnering with taco truck owners for a two-week registration drive.



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The "Tacos Tierra Caliente" taco truck in Houston.
The “Tacos Tierra Caliente” taco truck in Houston.

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day. A Houston company has taken a controversial comment from the presidential campaign and turned it into the framework for a voter registration drive.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016

Marco Gutierrez, founder of the group Latinos for Trump, appeared on MSNBC earlier this month. In defense of Donald Trump's immigration policy, Gutierrez said, "My culture is a very dominant culture, and it's imposing, it's causing problems. If you don't do something about it, you're going to have taco trucks [on] every corner."

The remark set off a firestorm on social media. But Thomas Hull, of design firm Rigsby Hull, decided it deserved a bigger response than just a tweet or meme. He joined forces with Mi Familia Vota, a group that promotes Latino political involvement, and organized a fleet of Houston taco trucks to serve as voter registration booths.

"We're also handing out information on where to vote, with early votes and on Election Day and the process of voting, 'cause that's–registering folks to vote–is half the battle. The other half is getting folks to the polls," Hull says.

The registration campaign will run through Tuesday, October 11. It began Monday at the following locations throughout the Houston area:

El Ultimo Taco Truck

1743 Jacquelyn Drive

La Gloria Tacos

7400 Long Point Drive

La Gloria Tacos

14520 Memorial Drive

Tacos Mayra

10510 Beechnut Street

Tacon Madre

905 Edgebrook Drive

El Taquito Food Truck

8429 Richmond Avenue

Tierra Caliente

1919 West Alabama Street

Tila's Cantina Taco Truck

2309 University Boulevard

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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