The Dallas Morning News, 2/11/12
Claudia Torrescano grows more optimistic about her life as a naturalized U.S. citizen as the years go by. The radio broadcaster has a successful talk show for women. The 45-year-old mother of four is involved in the PTA. She doesn’t rule out running for school board someday.
But, just as she mused about whether to vote for a guy named Mitt or an incumbent named Barack, a woman named Josefina emerged. That’s Josefina Vázquez Mota, the first woman presidential candidate for a major Mexican political party. “I felt like I was about to step further back from Mexico, and along comes Vázquez Mota,” said Torrescano, who like many naturalized U.S. citizens can also vote in Mexico’s elections.
Every dozen years, U.S. and Mexican presidential election cycles coincide, but this year is the first time that Mexican immigrants with U.S. citizenship can vote for U.S. candidates and also vote in Mexico’s election by absentee ballot. Some, like Torrescano, will actually travel back to their home states to vote in the federal elections.