Saturday, June 17, 2006

Chicagoans could have a say in Mexican election

Medill via Chi Town --Daily-Pilsen resident Raul Ross has been working to get Mexican citizens in the United States the right to vote in Mexico's elections since the 1980s.
After several disappointing elections, this year Ross, who moved to Pilsen from Veracruz, Mexico, in 1986, was finally able to cast an absentee ballot, thanks to legislation passed in Mexico in 2005.
"[Voting] is saying we haven't broken with our country," said Ross, whose parents, two brothers and sister still live in Mexico.
But many other Mexican citizens in Chicago don't seem to share Ross' interest in the election.
Although the July 2 presidential election is the first in which citizens abroad will be able to vote, only 4,000 absentee ballots have been cast from the Chicago area -- and the deadline for doing so was January 15. More....



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