Mexican Elections: Votes Abroad And Foreign Observers Break Records

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 4:54pm
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Courtesy: Luis F. Blanco
Mexican ballots for expat voters were sent by mail, and included a pop-up letter and a sticker.

MEXICO CITY-  A historic number of voters are expected for the July 1 presidential elections in Mexico. And there’s something unusual already: the number of foreign votes and foreign observers monitoring the elections.  

The Mexican National Electoral Institute (INE) has already received around 75,000 ballots from voters living overseas, surpassing the 40 thousand votes received in 2012.

“Day after day we are breaking the record, which grows at a rate of 5,000 votes per day,” said Lorenzo Córdova, president of the INE’s council.

Most of the votes from expat Mexicans are coming from the U.S. Foreign votes arriving until June 30 will be included in the total.

And the institute also expects a record for foreign observers. So far, 711 visitors from 55 countries have been accredited.

"The current election is the most watched, the most explained, the most documented and, therefore, also the most free of all the elections that our country has organized," Córdova stated.


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