Two things Americans can’t seem to stop talking about are the new chicken sandwich from Popeye’s, and the 2020 election. One teen in North Carolina has found a way to connect them both.

Following the recent nationwide release of the new chicken sandwich at Louisiana-based Popeye’s, the restaurant’s locations nationwide have been swarmed with hungry Americans eager to see what the fuss is all about. One Popeye’s store in Daphne, Alabama reportedly sold 1,522 chicken sandwiches, averaging more than two sandwiches per minute. One Twitter user wrote that their body “went limp after the first bite” of the sandwich.

Demand like that is resulting in long lines outside of Popeye’s restaurants, which led 17-year-old David Ledbetter to get people registered to vote while they waited for their sandwich. Ledbetter told black news site Because of Them We Can that he got the idea to do the drive after attending a local Democratic caucus meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“I once attended a caucus meeting in Charlotte and I noticed the lack of young people present. I wanted to start an initiative to allow more youth to become politically involved so I thought registering people to vote and handing out information on voting would be the best way to engage,” Ledbetter said.

Ledbetter was reportedly pleased to learn that despite the line being so long, most people in line for a chicken sandwich were already registered to vote. However, his efforts still resulted in 16 new voters getting registered, and the high school senior plans on stopping by more Popeye’s locations to register new voters.

North Carolina is particularly important in national elections. The Tar Heel State has 15 electoral votes to give, ranking it just behind Georgia (16), Ohio (18), and Pennsylvania (20) in number of electoral votes. And despite the state going for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, North Carolina voters elected a Democratic governor that same year. Ledbetter’s efforts at Popeye’s restaurants could very well affect the results of the 2020 election.

(Featured image: David Ledbetter/Instagram)


Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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