voter id requirements in Mexico ?

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, April 03, 2021, 09:35 (13 days ago) @ Casa Juan

This is somewhat off topic but I wanted to confirm that Mexico issues a federal ID to citizens which is used for voting in local and federal elections. Trying to put this in context some of the current debate in parts of US on voter identification rules.

Yes, Mexico issues a national ID that is known as our Credencial de Elector. We usually just call it "la credencial". It is often the only ID Mexicans have besides a birth certificate.

Comparing the call in the USA for Voter IDs to Mexico's is like trying to compare apples and mangos. If the USA had for decades been issuing federal IDs for voting and if the U.S. federal government managed all elections then changing the rules now would not be an issue. But it hasn't and it doesn't. Voting registration and elections in the States are the responsibility of the individual states, and voters are on the state voting rolls, not a national one like Mexico. So there is no comparison between Mexico's election system managed by an independent Instituto Nacional de Elecciones (INE) and the USA's state-based election systems that have worked extremely well for U.S. citizens. Changing the rules in the States would disenfranchise mostly poor minority voters, which is the point of such changes in many "red" states.

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