Miércoles 3 de Abril 2024
ELECTIONS 2024

I registered to vote from abroad in the Mexican elections. What's next?

Depending on the chosen mode of participation, different processes will be followed for casting the vote

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Suppose you're a Mexican living abroad and you've registered to vote in Mexico's 2024 electoral process. In that case, it's important to stay aware of different dates to make your vote effective according to the mode of participation.

Firstly, you must check if your registration was successful in the Foreign Voter Registration System (ine.mx). Until March 5th, there was a period to review the applications to ensure they met the requirements established by current regulations.

According to the National Electoral Institute (INE), as of February, out of the 226,661 registration applications made by Mexicans living abroad, 220,410 have been deemed successful.

If your application was successful, here are the steps to follow for casting your vote:

For electronic voting via the internet, by May 3rd, you will receive access information to the voting system via email. From May 18th to June 2nd, you'll be able to cast your vote electronically.

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nternet electronic voting was the mode with the highest number of registrations, totaling 158,353. Credit: @VotoExtranjero

If you opted for postal voting, in the first week of May 2024, the INE will send your Postal Electoral Package via courier. You should return the envelope with your votes as soon as possible so that they arrive in Mexico no later than 8:00 a.m. on June 1st, 2024 (Central Mexico Time).

Leyenda: 
Postal voting takes the second place with the most requests, accumulating 51,981 registrations. Credits: @VotExtranjero

If you registered for in-person voting, on June 2nd, 2024, you'll need to go with your valid voter ID to one of the 23 Voting Reception Modules that the INE will set up to cast your vote. 

Twenty of these will be located in the United States (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New Brunswick, New York, Oklahoma, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Seattle, and Washington D.C.), two in Europe (Madrid and Paris), and one in Canada.

Remember, if you didn't manage to register in any of the three available modes before February 25th, you can still vote in person at the 23 mentioned consular offices. There will be 1,500 spaces available per office for this purpose, provided individuals have a valid Voter ID issued in Mexico or abroad.

The effective participation of Mexicans abroad is a significant challenge for democracy that transcends borders, as the average participation in the three federal electoral processes implemented to date (2006, 2012, and 2018) has been 67%.

Leyenda: 
For the first time, in-person voting will be implemented in federal elections. Registrations under this mode of voting amount to 16,327. Credits: @VotoExtranjero

Twenty of these will be located in the United States (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New Brunswick, New York, Oklahoma, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ana, Seattle, and Washington D.C.), two in Europe (Madrid and Paris), and one in Canada.

Remember, if you didn't manage to register in any of the three available modes before February 25th, you can still vote in person at the 23 mentioned consular offices. There will be 1,500 spaces available per office for this purpose, provided individuals have a valid Voter ID issued in Mexico or abroad.

The effective participation of Mexicans abroad is a significant challenge for democracy that transcends borders, as the average participation in the three federal electoral processes implemented to date (2006, 2012, and 2018) has been 67%.