For Immediate Release: June 28, 2018
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

Washington, DC
— The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) will live-blog Mexico’s national elections this Sunday, July 1, updating an Americas Blog post throughout the day with the latest information from election observers based in Mexico City, the states of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, and elsewhere. CEPR staff will be observing the elections under the umbrella of the Scholar and Citizen Network for Democracy (Red Universitaria y Ciudadana por la Democracia).

“These elections will be unprecedented in Mexico’s modern history, with members of both legislative houses, nine governors, and local legislators in 30 of 32 states being elected, as well as the president,” Alexander Main, CEPR’s Director of International Policy, said. “Unfortunately, the violence ahead of these elections is also unprecedented, with reports of over 100 political candidates assassinated since September.”

CEPR has monitored Mexican elections in the past, notably in 2006, when it conducted an independent review of information made available from 2,534 ballot boxes and found a number of problems with the ballot count. CEPR also concluded that half of the ballot boxes in that election had “adding up” errors, that is, the total number of blank ballots received at the ballot box location before the vote did not equal the total number of votes recorded (including null votes) plus the blank ballots left over.

CEPR has previously live blogged several elections in Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela.