More than a million Mexicans cast their ballots in protest

“I will change my vote for my missing brother,” Mexicans protested in the election

Last Sunday, thousands of Mexicans went to the polls in what was the largest election in Mexico's history. More than 1.34 million people canceled their ballots or filled unregistered nomination boxes in the country's 114,600 names of missing persons in protest during the last December 2. June elections.

According to the National Electoral Institute's (INE) Preliminary Election Results Program (PREP) data released this Tuesday, in 95% of polling stations counted, 1.34 million people canceled their votes, or 2.3% of the electorate, while 85,689 individuals voted for an unregistered candidate, or 0.15%. of those who went to the polling station.

for now, The total number of null votes counted by the PREP was higher than that of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD). It garnered 1.7 million votes, slightly more than the 1.34 million votes cast in the last presidential election in 2018.

Although the Election Commission's statistics do not indicate the content of void votes or unregistered candidates chosen by voters, These decisions are a form of citizen protest And the pattern of resonance it had Call for missing persons search teams They did it a few days before the election.

Voxdesaparecidos.wordpress.com through a campaign on social networks with the site and label #VotaXUnDesaparecidx groups canceled the vote and left many of the 114,620 unnamed. All over the country in the category of nominations that are not registered on the ballot paper to make this issue visible.

“If you have decided to cancel your vote in these 2024 federal elections for the position of President of the Republic, if you feel that the preferences of the political parties do not represent a worthy choice, We invite you to join our campaign “Vote for the missing”.A dozen groups were announced.

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The 'Vote with Dignity' campaign displayed photos and names of the missing on social media and on its website.And a list of missing persons organized by precinct so that voters can place their names on the ballot.

During Sunday's election day, users on social networking sites displayed the names or legends of hundreds of missing persons on their ballots. “I'll trade my vote for my missing brother”, “Until we find them” or “Finding mothers is not a political campaign. Find your children!”.

Some voters pasted photos of the missing people on their ballots or tagged them with phrases like “Free Gaza”, “Justice and Truth” or “Yotshinaba 43”Note on missing students in September 2014.

According to the Election Commission, A void vote is considered when voters do not clearly mark one of the boxes containing the candidate's name. Or the party of your choice, and putting it in the ballot box.
On the other hand, according to the Mexican Electoral Commission, ballots containing a person's name in an unregistered or independent nomination box are considered valid.

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