The U.S. Presidential election is coming up on November 3, and there's activity around Dallas ramping up in anticipation.
Restaurants and organizations around Dallas are hosting registration and educational events. There's also a dark-horse candidate running for President.
Here's some dates and events to jot in your calendar:
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. In Texas, these are the key dates:
- October 5: Deadline to register if you're voting by mail — must be postmarked.
- October 5: Deadline to register if you're voting in person.
- October 23: Deadline to request a ballot by mail.
Early voting runs from Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 30, 2020 (dates and hours may vary based on where you live).
Jose voting party
On Monday, September 21, Jose, the Mexican restaurant on Lovers Lane, is hosting what will surely be the most fun register-to-vote party out there.
From 5-8 pm, stop by for street tacos and frozen margaritas, and fill out your little form.
If that's not enough incentive, Estrella Jalisco, Altos Tequila, and Avion Tequila are handing out swag. What swag, we do not know. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
JuiceLand says go vote
The Texas juice chain JuiceLand will close all 33 of its shops across the state early on Tuesday, November 3, to encourage employees and customers to go and vote.
Shop closures will begin at 1:30 pm.
Dallas stores are located at:
- Lovers & Inwood at 5600 West Lovers Ln. #114
- Sylvan 30, at 1888 Sylvan Ave. F150
Election Day is one of its many initiatives to inspire mindfulness in the community by pushing Texans to the polls.
"We hope to inspire our juice crew and communities throughout Texas to make a plan to vote and honor our democracy and our individual roles within it," says JuiceLand founder and owner Matt Shook.
Advocacy Day at Dallas Habitat
This event sponsored by MetroTex aims to promote voting and raise awareness about key policy issues in Dallas-Fort Worth that could further drive housing inequality.
Topics will include:
- What’s on the ballot: The 2020 elections landscape and registering to vote
- Racial justice and equity
- Affordable housing and local policies to be aware of
The event is Thursday, September 24, from 11 am-12 pm and will feature a panel with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson; Councilman Chad West; Professor Clarence Glover; Pastor Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor at Concord Church; Lady Jade, DJ on K104’s DeDe in the Morning show; and more.
It's free to attend. Register at this link.
POTUS? Or POTATOUS
The Loaded Potato Skin at TGI Fridays is running for President for a second time.
The appetizer covered in cheese and bacon is representing "The Party Party," whose platform is based on "eating, drinking, and America."
A release claims he ran a "surprisingly strong campaign" back in 2016 and he does have a Twitter account to prove it, although 48 followers doesn't seem strong.
"I know I don't have any experience, but if elected, I promise to always be hot, always be crispy, and yes, I will always be loaded," says the potato skin in a release.
Sara Bittorf, TGIF employee and Potato Skin's campaign manager, says he should not be ruled out. "I mean, it's 2020. It could happen," she says.