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Friday July 29, 2011

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute Making it Easier For MX Nationals Abroad to Vote

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute Making it Easier For MX Nationals Abroad to Vote

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It will soon be easier for Mexican nationals abroad to register to vote in the 2012 presidential elections for Mexico.

Starting October 1, Mexicans living outside Mexico will only be required to show two documents to vote. They will only need their application and a photocopy of their voter identification card which is issued by the Federal Electoral Institute.

The IFE General Counsil will allow Mexican nationals to register their out-of-country address without additional documents, and voter ballots will be mailed to the registered address.

In an effort to increase voter turnout, the IFE is promoting the new process at Mexican Consulates.

In the last presidential election only 32,632 votes from Mexican nationals living in the United States were accepted, resulting in only 25 percent of the U.S. votes being accepted.

Next year’s election will take place on July 1, but absentee ballots will need to be in before June 30.