In Mexico, many voted for nobody at all

The news out of Mexico' s Sunday midterm elections was that the PRI party (Institutional Revolutionary Party)  that ruled for 71 years without interruption but lost the presidential elections in 2000 and again in 2006 to the PAN (National Action Party) regained control of their lower house of Congress and won five of six governor's races.

But the real story and a topic that has been burning up the Mexican blogosphere is that as many as 13 percent voted "Nulo" in parts of Mexico City and almost 6 percent nationwide, according to Medios Mexico and El Universal. That means they voted for nobody at all. And if you add in the 40 percent that didn't go to the polls at all, according to ePluribus Media, that's almost half the population that didn't participate in this most recent election.

Why would they do this?

It was a form protest to say that they felt all the current candidates were corrupt and that it's better to vote for none of them.

Apparently, there is a lot of anger out there in the Mexican electorate. You can see how they defaced some of their ballots on a blog called La Neta en Mexico.
While I understand their frustration at the levels of corruption in that country, a vote for nobody is a wasted vote.

Why not take all that energy and put it into a new independent
political party and launch candidates that might actually create change?

Maybe to a Mexican that sounds naïve. You need money to run for political office, and money breeds corruption.

Still, it's better to try than to throw your vote away.

To me, that is estúpido.

Filed under: Mexico, politics

Tags: elections, Mexico, nulo, PAN, PRI

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  • Although I agree that voting "Nulo" is as good as throwing your vote away, there was a lot more than just anger from those who took that route. Leading up to the election, there was a well-orchestrated public opinion campaign to harness that anger and vote "nulo". It was not spontaneous. If you look at the results, you can figure out that the "nulo" vote hurt PAN considerably. I think the PRI still has a few tricks up their sleeve.

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