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Mexican lawmakers approve postal absentee voting

[JURIST] Mexican lawmakers Tuesday approved a law permitting Mexicans living abroad to vote by mail in next July's presidential election. The lower house of Congress passed the measure 455 to 6, with 6 abstentions. The measure has already been passed by the Mexican Senate [official website] and will be presented to President Vincente Fox [official profile] for signing, which he has promised. Approximately 11 million Mexicans, or 14% of the country's population, live abroad with most of that number residing in the United States, but up to now they have been effectively unable to participate in the Mexican political process. Despite the law's popularity, some have expressed fears that the country's notoriously corrupt and slow postal service will be charged with mailing out the ballots. AP has more. So-called "postal voting" has run into problems in other Western democracies, most recently including the United Kingdom [JURIST report], where the mails are considered relatively secure.

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