Inside the Campaign to Register Mexicans in the U.S. to Vote—in Mexico

04/12/2018 The New Yorker

guerrero electionCarolina, a fifty-four-year-old nurse from Puebla, Mexico, stopped thinking of herself as a voter when she became an immigrant. She has lived in the United States, without papers, for the past eighteen years, and during that time she hasn’t voted in a single election. In the U.S., she is not allowed to vote. In Mexico, she is—the country began allowing its citizens who live abroad to vote in 2006—but to register she needed to return home to fill out paperwork. Making the trip would have been too risky, given her legal status, and, until recently, she didn’t feel her vote mattered, anyway. “I never had any interest—in Mexico, there was no democracy to vote in,” she told me. In the late nineteen-nineties, before she left for the United States, her brother was killed by members of a drug cartel, and she and her family suspected that local officials were involved in his murder. “All the politicians in Mexico were the same,” she said. “What was the point of voting for any of them?”

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