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mexico gears up for its upcoming presidential election in July, the vote of Mexican's living abroad could matter more than ever. Although Mexicans overseas have had the right to vote since 2005, under new rules citizens no longer have to register in Mexico. The country will now issue voter IDs at Mexican consulates throughout the world.
Reuters correspondent Daina Beth Solomon is in Mexico City.>> The turnout so far has been enormous.>> About seven times higher than what it was in the last presedential election. Mexico has a history of elections, one on razor thin margins. Former President Felipe Calderón won by less than 1% in 2006 with 243,000 votes.
And this year in what is expected to be a hotly contested race, some experts say the international voter boom could influence the outcome.>> Mexican voters abroad, who are mostly in the United States, have put most of their support in the past two elections behind the PAN party, followed closely by Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador.
He is running again for president for the third time and doing very well in the polls. The one party that hasn't had much support from abroad has been the Pre, which is currently in power.>> Mexican political parties are not allowed to formally campaign in the United States.
But with news and social media flowing easily across borders, they do recognize the growing sway of voters abroad. Mexico's National Election Institute says it is processing many more applications everyday. And the voter pool abroad could ultimately add up to 1 million people by July. But some Mexicans who left a long time ago say they will not be casting a ballot.
They don't feel comfortable having a say in determining the future of a country where they don't earn or pay taxes.