12 million Mexican citizens living in the United States expanded their voting rights in elections in their country of origin.


In May 2014, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) successfully advocated for reforms to the Ley General de Instituciones y Procedimientos Electorales (General Law on Electoral Institutions and Procedures) in Mexico. The reforms simplify the paperwork required for Mexicans living abroad to exercise their right to vote and expand their voting rights to be able to elect representatives to the Mexican Senate as well as state officials. These reforms will benefit more than 12 million Mexican migrants.

In 2014, NALACC formed the Coalición Mexicana por el Voto de los Mexicanos en el Extranjero (Mexican Coalition for the Vote of Mexicans Living Abroad). This group identified the basic legal principles for Mexicans living abroad to participate politically in their home country.

Previously, Mexican electoral law only allowed Mexicans living abroad to vote in presidential elections. Now, starting in 2018, they can also exercise their right to vote for Senators, State Governors, or Head of Government (for the Federal District of Mexico City), as permitted by the laws of each Mexican state.

The Central America and Mexico Migration Alliance (CAMMINA), formed by Avina, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), has supported NALACC on an institutional, strategic, and financial level since CAMMINA first started operating. The geographic focus of the collaboration between CAMMINA and NALACC has been outside the United States, mainly in Mexico and Central America. The expansion of voting rights for Mexicans living abroad is evidence of the impact that binational and regional cooperation can have, especially in the context of the Mexican diaspora.

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