Wednesday, January 4

Expatriate Mexicans to Vote in 2006 Mexican Elections

BlueLatinos.org is reporting that expatriate Mexicans will be allowed to vote in the 2006 elections. I am not sure what to think of this. On one side, it reflects the growing influence of the expatriate voting block. Perhaps legally emigrated Mexicans will put political pressure on the Mexican government to enact real changes to improve the Mexican economy, and secure the borders from that side. After all, research is showing that a majority of Latinos do not agree with illegal immigration. But, who knows. It may just make things even more convoluted than they already are.

Are you a Mexican citizen? If you are, you might be eligible to vote in next year's presidential elections.

Earlier this year, the Mexican government passed a law giving Mexican citizens abroad the right to participate in the July 2, 2006 presidential elections. In the U.S. alone, approximately 4 million Mexicans could be eligible to vote in this historic election. This move to allow expatriate Mexicans to vote absentee represents a long overdue validation of what migrants mean to Mexico's well-being.