Mexico: So Close To A Vote, So Far From Stability

The elections look close, and that spells trouble down the road

In nearly a decade of observing Mexican elections, political scientist Jose Antonio Crespo has witnessed a lot of monkey business. On one occasion, armed thugs carted off the ballots from a rural precinct in San Luis Potosi. In Yucatan, Crespo saw representatives of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) checking peasants' marked ballots to make sure they voted PRI.

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