- MEXICO CITY - A Mexican
political party intends to set up hundreds of polling stations in the United
States next month so the more than 7 million Mexican expatriates can vote
in the party's presidential nomination, a newspaper reported Sunday.
- Supporters of the pro-business National Action Party
in the United States have said they wish to be included in the Sept. 12
vote, a party official told the Mexico City daily Reforma.
- The party official, Mario Barrientos, said 576 voting
centers with 876 booths would be set up in California, Texas and Illinois,
the states with the most Mexican nationals. Voters can also cast ballots
via the Internet.
- The vote will formalize the selection of Gov. Vicente
Fox of the central state of Guanajuato, the only candidate seeking National
Action's presidential nomination.
- Opposition parties and U.S. groups have lobbied to let
the expatriates take part in the July 2000 presidential vote.
- But the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party argued
that it would be technically impossible and compromise the integrity of
the election. The Senate, also controlled by the ruling party, killed the
proposal last month. (AP)