Little response from voters in the State of Mexico and Coahuila in Los Angeles

The "historic" vote of Mexicans abroad attracted few citizens from Coahuila and the State of Mexico, entities in which their new governors were elected on Sunday.

In addition to apathy, in this civic exercise, the misinformation was evident among those who arrived at the offices of the Mexican consulate general in Los Angeles, especially among those who sought to pay with a passport or someone who was born in a different entity, although their residence had it for more than two decades in the State of Mexico.

However, the common denominator of the voters was that they voted "to put an end to corruption and the last bastion of the PRI" in the State of Mexico, almost unanimously favoring the teacher Delfina Gómez, candidate for Morena, over Alejandra. del Moral, from the opposition alliance Va por México.

The few Coahuila residents who cast their vote declined to answer who their "rooster" had been, although at the close of this edition, Manuel Jiménez, standard-bearer of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), seemed to be heading for victory, with 57.9% of the votes. votes, well above the 22.9% of Armando Guadiana, candidate of Morena.

For the first time in Los Angeles, direct voting is allowed, a "historic demand" of Mexicans residing abroad, according to Juan José Gutiérrez, director of the Full Immigrant Rights Commission, who accompanied several voters from the State of Mexico to defray.

"We hope that the process of casting the vote will not become bureaucratic as in previous years," Gutiérrez told La Opinión, for whom voter support for each political party is an indicator of how Mexicans will behave next year in the elections. presidential election.

On Sunday, more than 15 million Mexicans went out to vote, in what is considered the last face-to-face confrontation of the coalitions around the image and figure of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the fate of his call. Fourth Transformation”, which seems to be expanding as the dominant political force in Mexico, given the weariness of the traditional parties, PRI and National Action (PAN).

“I did my first vote in 2018, and now I want everything to change in my state, because it is always the same: violence, corruption, insecurity, murders,” said Delia Martínez, 61, born in Ecatepec de Morelos, State of Mexico. "You have to do something for a real change and Morena represents that change."

Cosme Bernal González, 65, a truck driver from Atlacomulco, State of Mexico, did not vote because, although he did the corresponding paperwork before March 10, the consulate gave him an appointment until one day after the vote.

"I tried to fix everything on time, but they didn't let me vote," said the man born in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico. "Although I couldn't now, I am going to do it in 2024."

The voting process at the Los Angeles consulate began at 7:00 in the morning and closed at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Representatives of all the political parties in the electoral contest were present and minimal anomalies were presented, such as the complaint by Alondra Correa, from the PAN, who reported having observed supporters of Morena approaching voters and questioning them where they came from and interviewing voters. , before entering the consulate offices, proselytizing.

The verbal complaint was made to José Luis Franco, president of the Voting Reception Module.

For her part, Justina Islas Flores, representative of Morena, told La Opinión that "unfortunately some countrymen wanted to vote, but they were not authorized because they are from Mexico City, not from the State of Mexico."

Oscar Hernández, a member of the Pasadena Hermanos Flores Magón Committee, was also unable to vote because he only had his expired Mexican passport and his name did not appear on the electoral roll.

"Only those who are on the nominal list can vote," clarified Juan Gabriel García, representative of the National Electoral Institute (INE). "You should have been registered, although with your passport you can already get an appointment at the consulate to process your credentials."

Hernández, who works at CALTECH, wanted to vote because, he said: "In Ecatepec, State of Mexico, the reality is that we do not want to reach 100 years of PRI government, and we do not want to be the shame of Mexico, by continuing to be governed by that match".

At the close of this edition, Delfina Gómez, candidate for Morena, had been declared the winner with the quick count. While Manolo Jiménez Salinas, from the PAN, PRI, PRD coalition, had been named the winner in Coahuila.

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