Low absentee voting among Mexicans living abroad
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The Pew survey found more than half of Mexicans living in the United States were not aware that a presidential election is taking place in Mexico this July and few were aware of the absentee registration requirements.
61-percent said they didn't know enough about Mexican politics to vote. But just 28-percent said Mexico's elections aren't important to them.
However, the study's author, Gabriel Escobar, says Mexican expatriate's connection to home is not political.
Escobar: "They return often. They call often. And they send lots of money. But there isn't that level of interest in the political activities of the country."
Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed also said lacking a valid voting credential - something that can only be obtained in Mexico - was a major stumbling block to participating.
The registration deadline passed last month. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.
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