Hindsite wrote:One problem is not requiring a photo ID for every voter.
It appears that people on the left don't care about free and fair elections if they are explicitly against voting with identification while using the flimsy pretext/conspiracy theories about secret racist who are keeping blacks from voting for no other reasons than they don't like the color of their skin.
Elections in Mexico and the US: Comparisons and contrasts
Is voter registration the same?
Another difference between the countries is that Mexico's voter registration system is much tighter than that of the US.
In many US states, voter registration is very slipshod. People can actually register to vote and cast ballots without having to prove their identity and citizenship. On voting day, many states don't require identification of any kind and most don't require a photo ID.
In Mexico, each voter is provided with a government-supplied voter ID card, which includes the voter's photograph, fingerprints, and a holographic image.
The polling station workers have a book with the photograph of every single voter in the precinct. They can check that book against the photo on the ID card. After voting, the voter's thumb is smudged with ink, to prevent repeat voting. (The ink wears off after a few days).
As a US citizen, I don't vote in Mexico, but I have accompanied my Mexican wife when she votes, so I've observed Mexican voting firsthand. I find the Mexican voter registration system impressive and superior to ours. We can learn from Mexico, and it would be beneficial for US states to adopt elements of the Mexican voter registration system.
In conclusion, the U.S. and Mexico both have elections this year. A comparative study of the two nations' voting systems is interesting and instructive. By learning how the other country votes, we can better understand what is going on there.
Published or Updated on: June 14, 2012 by Allan Wall © 2012
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