This AGIF flyer alerts Mexican Americans to the 1949 Texas poll tax deadline.
Dr. Garcia had a detailed plan to make Mexican American voices heard in the 1952 election, including the distribution of sample ballots to inform voting decisions.
Dr. Garcia’s efforts to get Mexican American voters to the polls, including the Viva Kennedy clubs he helped organize, made a difference in the outcomes of national elections.
The AGIF encouraged voters to pay their poll taxes so they could vote, but the organization simultaneously fought to outlaw the discriminatory practice, as evidenced by this 1965 lawsuit.
For Dr. Garcia, the voting booth was a place where Mexican Americans could not only participate in democracy but also change its course. The AGIF spearheaded a major campaign to remind people to register to vote, pay their poll taxes, and get to the polls on voting days. Dr. Garcia encouraged voters to cast their ballots for Mexican Americans and for candidates dedicated to civil rights.