Voters line up for hours in Chicago to vote in Mexico election – NBC Chicago

Voters waited in line for hours at the Mexican consulate in Chicago this weekend, hoping to cast their ballots in Mexico’s elections. Even though many played a role in history, others still couldn’t enter.

The future winner of the Mexican presidential election, Claudia Sheinbaum, will become the first female president in the country’s 200-year history.

“I will become the first female president of Mexico,” Sheinbaum said with a smile, speaking at a downtown hotel shortly after election authorities announced that a statistical sample showed she held an irreversible lead. “I can’t do it alone. We all achieved it, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters.

“We have demonstrated that Mexico is a democratic country with peaceful elections,” she said.

The president of the National Electoral Institute said Sheinbaum received between 58.3% and 60.7% of the vote, according to a statistical sample. Opposition candidate Xóchitl Gálvez had between 26.6% and 28.6% of the vote and Jorge Álvarez Máynez had between 9.9% and 10.8% of the vote. Sheinbaum’s Morena party is also expected to hold a majority in both houses of Congress.

Nearly 100 million people were registered to vote and turnout appeared to be around 60%, a figure similar to previous elections.

Thousands of Mexican nationals lined up in Chicago to vote in these now historic elections. Some said they waited in line for seven hours and were still unable to vote. Inside the consulate, only nine voting booths were available to voters.

The exact number of voters who successfully cast ballots in Chicago was not immediately clear, but the numbers are expected to be released Monday.

Voters also elected governors in nine of the nation’s 32 states and chose candidates for both houses of Congress, thousands of city halls and other local offices in the nation’s most important elections in history. by violence.

The fact that both leading candidates were women left no doubt about Mexico’s ability to make history on Sunday. Sheinbaum will also be the first person of Jewish origin to lead this predominantly Catholic country.

She will begin her six-year term on October 1. The Mexican constitution does not allow re-election.

The left said it believed the government had an important role to play in tackling economic inequality and providing a strong social safety net, as did its political mentor, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

NBC Chicago

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