Google searches for “registrarse para votar” — or, “register to vote” in Spanish — reached an all-time high of 100,000 during this week’s first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post:
According to Google, search volume was highest in the ever-important swing state of Florida, followed by New Jersey, New York, Texas and California.
Spanish-language searches for voting information have only neared this interest share on one prior occasion: That was after the first presidential debate in 2012. In the current election cycle, the last comparable spike occurred on Aug. 31, the day Donald Trump made his much-anticipated Phoenix immigration speech, though search volume also increased after both parties’ conventions.
As we noted earlier this week, in an election cycle dominated by racist, xenophobic rhetoric and bigotry, immigrant families with much at stake in November and beyond have been paying special attention to this Presidential race.
Immigrant families and friends gathered in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin for battleground debate watch parties and to discuss the high stakes of the 2016 election, with images available here, and Florida-specific images here.
Groups in battleground states have also been ramping up citizenship and voter registration drives. Last week, more than 800 Nevadans were sworn in as US citizens, with many meeting with local groups immediately after in order to register to vote in time for this November’s election.