Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Mexican federal election.

Not sure if anyone's following the Mexican election (certainly, I'm not), but I note two things in this, amidst the conspiracy mongering. First, in non-US, non-Canadian countries, when the election results don't go well, they take to the streets. I'm not sure that's better, but it certainly speaks to a greater passion. (The problem of lack of involvement from the electorate in Canadian and US elections can only partially be blamed by the rightward slant. Certainly, if there were more left-leaning candidates, those who have written the process off might get involved. But, on the whole, I think it's the sound-bite politicians that are to blame. Why get involved in a process that rewards glib imbeciles?)

Second, Mexico doesn't require hand recounts of ballots from the sealed ballot boxes unless the seals have been tampered with. Am I the only one who wonders if there's a closet industry in ballot box seals (a ream for only 2,000 pesos, amigo!)?

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