Latino Vote

From Voter Drives to Viva Kennedy: The Latino Vote in Houston, 1930s - 1960s

September 13, 2016 – October 16, 2016

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The power of the Latino vote today has its roots in Hispanic civic engagement of the pre-World War II era. In 1935 the Latin American Club of Houston held voter drives aiming to reach 10,000 qualified Hispanic voters.

Over the next 25 years Houston organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 60 (LULAC), the Civic Action Committee (CAC) and the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations (PASSO) would educate many Latino Houstonians on the power of their voice and their vote.

By the 1960 presidential election, Latino voters would come out in unprecedented numbers to influence politics on the national stage electing John F. Kennedy to the United States Presidency. His visit to Houston three years later would officially acknowledge Latinos as an important voting bloc.

For the 2016 election year, be sure you get registered, get informed and Go Vote!

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