Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Overseas Mexicans from Mexico City will be able to vote on the Internet in local but not federal races

Ricardo Alday is the spokesman of the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. He explained to Etopia News this afternoon that the recent Mexican court decision allowing overseas Mexican citizens registered to vote in Mexico City to vote over the Internet only allows them to vote in local Mexico City elections using that technology. As far as voting for federal officials, overseas Mexicans from Mexico City, like overseas Mexicans from the rest of the country, will only be able to do so by postal means.

Asked why only Mexicans from Mexico City will be able to use the Internet to vote for local officials, such as the Mayor and the City Assembly, Mr. Alday indicated that this was in response to a proposal by Mexico City officials, approved by relevant electoral authorities. Mexico City is known as one of the most progressive cities in the Western Hemisphere. With a population of more than 20 million people, it is considered to be at the forefront of social change in many areas.

The embassy spokesman explained further that only registered voters who indicate prior to March 15, 2012, their interest in using the Internet to vote in the July 1st elections will be allowed to do so. He also said that the process of appeal against the decision allowing for the Internet voting was “exhausted,” so that the Internet voting will definitely proceed.

Overseas “chilangos,” as residents of Mexico City are known, can get more information about this worldwide Internet voting opportunity and sign up for the electronic vote at:

“Everybody,” Mr. Alday added, “Is watching this with a lot of attention.”

1 comment:

Rob said...

Hi Marc!

I can not tell you how much it makes me smile when I see each and every new example of online voting being embraced anywhere on the globe.

Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention!

As an advocate for online voting I often must expose myself to the rhetoric of its avid detractors, who not only insist online voting is unviable but equally insist that folks like me are naive fools.

Well, Mexico City, like so many places around the world, disagrees with the naysayers! Online voting is here, and they can't wish it away.

Thanks again for making my day!