There are many similarities in the election process used in the United States of America and Mexico. There are also a number of differences. Most people think of Mexico as a country fueled by corruption. While I am not saying that isn’t the case I am saying the idea of their system is something I think our government can look to to help fix some of the flaws in our election process.
In the United States of America a President is elected every four years indirectly by the people through the Electoral College. They must be at least 35 years old and been born in the United States. The President and Vice President run together on one ticket and can only serve two terms maximum. The election consists of a separate election in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. In these 51 elections, voters are really voting for electors. Each state has the same number of electoral votes as they do representatives. The electors make up the Electoral College. In most cases the winner gets all of that states electoral votes.
The Electoral College then votes for the President with each elector casting one vote.. Usually one of the candidates receives more than half of the electoral votes and that person is elected President of the United States. If there is no winner then the House of Representatives will choose the President.
The Mexican president, who is elected by direct election, serves a six year term and under the Mexican constitution can not be re-elected. Incumbents are known to have a huge advantage in re-election and can use the government to manipulate the next election. An example of this is New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg who extended the city’s term limits while he was Mayor so he himself could run a third time.
As of right now only 55% of eligible voters are registered in the US and there is no identification process as the polling sites. Most of the United States poll workers are retired senior citizens with almost little or no...
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