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Nearly 100,000 Mexicans abroad send votes for election day

Mexico — The National Electoral Institute (INE) says they have received nearly 100,000 votes from Mexicans living abroad, votes that will be added to the poll results on the Sunday July 1 election day.

INE reports an increase of 150 percent over the last presidential vote, noting that this time, 98,854 Mexican citizens living abroad have already voted.

In a press conference, INE counselor Enrique Andrade González explained of the total received from abroad, 77 percent are Mexican residents living in the United States, adding that 60 votes came from Mexicans living in Russia.

He indicated that in 2012, a total of 40,000 votes came from Mexicans residing in countries around the world.

“This is something very interesting. The envelope arrives, the envelope is opened in front of all the representatives of the political parties. It is deposited in the polls and subsequently, it is included in the counting of the votes,” he explained.

He said that the transfer of those votes will be made in INE vans guarded by the Secretary of the Navy on election day.

July 1 is election day across Mexico with more than 89 million Mexicans registered to vote. The official campaigning for the Mexico presidential seat began March. 30.

Several political polls were taken along the way, the latest showing AMLO in the lead.