Local business owners encouraging Austinites to eat tacos and vote

Turning tacos into voter turnout

It’s officially National Taco Day and you can get your favorite taco with a side of a voter registration application at a number of food trucks and restaurants in East Austin.

On this National Taco Day, the owner of Joe's Bakery is asking people to eat tacos and vote. In addition, a number of food trucks in Austin are joining a nationwide effort called "Guac the Vote" which focuses on getting more Latinos to register.

"A lot of them are in East Austin,” said Jose Valera, part owner of Tamale House East. "Further east on 6th Street, got a trailer, and a little bit in the North East area as well."

The taco truck became a symbol during the presidential election after the founder of Latinos for Trump Marco Gutierrez said, “My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

"It has been really disheartening, to let my children and listen to a lot of the vile comments that are being said,” said Regina Estrada, owner of Joe's Bakery. “As a parent foremost, you take the time to educate yourself, learn what's happening so you can show your children that it does matter, that your actions speak louder than words, just because someone says something that's not nice, that should prohibit you from voting."

While the voter turnout is usually low in East Austin, reportedly around 30 to 40 percent, the overall voter registration numbers are up in Travis County.

In 2012, during the last presidential election season, about 82 percent of the eligible voting population registered.

This year, the Travis County Tax Office is reporting more than 89 percent of that population has already registered.

You can register to vote at a number of taco trucks this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Here is a list of food trucks where you can register:

  1. Pueblo Viejo – (both locations)
  2. La Traila (both locations)
  3. Taqueria San Luis
  4. Con Madre
  5. Mellizoz
  6. Bomb Tacos

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