July 1st, 2012
01:16 AM ET

Mexico set to pick new president

Mexicans head to the polls to vote Sunday in what officials have called "the largest and most complex election day" in the country's history.

Four candidates are vying for the presidency. Voters will also cast ballots in congressional contests and, in six states, gubernatorial races.

"Never in Mexican democracy have so many posts been at play in the same popular election," Federal Election Institute President Leonardo Valdes said in a statement.

More than 2,100 federal, state and local offices will be decided by Sunday's vote, the institute said.

For the first time, more than 79 million people were registered to vote, according to the institute. Among them are 3.5 million young people who will vote for the first time, the institute said.

Nationwide, authorities said there would be more than 143,000 polling stations and more than 13,000 accredited observers.

Mexicans also cast ballots from beyond the country's borders. On Saturday, election officials they had received 40,737 absentee ballots from Mexicans living abroad.

Voters will elect new governors in the states of Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Tabasco and Yucatan. In Mexico City, the nation's capital, residents will elect a new mayor.

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  1. drap

    Zeta's vs Cartel... .? This should be a bean burner... .

    July 1, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Agree. The notion of democracy in this country is absurd.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. NEW URTMUST TANTALZING HO VIDEOS THAT TUZZ U OFF BALANCE

    maxicans pls vote wiselyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    July 1, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    @ mexico sucks, Unfortunately I'm waiting to hear about all the people who will be killed just trying to get to the polling stations. Violence in Mexico doesn't even come close to the domestic terrorism that goes on the US, I know from the research I've done so far.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Btw, Philip who post here often is another good source of information, one that knows MUCH more than I do. 🙂 have a blessed Sunday.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Mexico is a nation of the poor masses (99%) ruled by the few rich(1%)! There is no "democracy"!!!

    July 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      That is where America is going to. We look more and more like Mexico every year.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      Sounds a little like the USA – don't you think?

      July 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Taco Ted

    Why all of a sudden Americans want to concern themselves with a worthless country like mexico, if they want to kill each other then so be it

    July 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 13k

    The more they kill each other in mexico the less of them we will have to deal with in America and God bless Arizona

    July 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deport

    Just deport the ones in America back to their country in time enough to vote

    July 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      YES AND YES AGAIN TO DEPORTATION. Why are we so easy on these criminals?

      July 1, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Five year old Little Johnny was lost, so he went up to a policeman and said, "I've lost my dad!"

    The policeman said, "What's he like?"

    Little Johnny replied, "Beer and women!"

    Ba Da Bump Ching

    Thank you folks. I'll be here all week. Try the veal. And don't forget to tip your wait staff.

    July 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hello ? Is thing on ? I know your out there cause I can hear you groaning.

      July 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    GAMES FOR WHEN WE ARE OLDER

    1. Sag, you're It.

    2. Hide and go pee.

    3. 20 questions shouted into your good ear.

    4. Kick the bucket

    5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over.

    6. Musical recliners.

    7. Simon says something incoherent.

    8. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy.

    July 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      This would be one like the most so far today.
      Gotta run though, have a great Sunday Katman 😉

      July 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hey Keith

    Don't feel bad, Philip doesn't give actual sources either. Conjecrture, thy first name is Philip Mary.

    July 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HIDE BEHIND

    Since CNN only seems to prefer inane and banal comments to their inane and banal comments they pass off as news, lets try this tact:
    Who sold them the voting machinesand where is Jimmy Carter when the Mexican voters need him?

    July 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Hb, carter is a zi on ist apologists. Wi cares what this jew touter says.

      July 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    When the news is the same day in and day out, inane banal comments are the norm.
    Oh, well.
    There's a site for every....er...taste.

    July 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO ©

    Unless this affects the supply of Dos Equis in some way – meh.

    July 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Stay thirsty, my friend, stay thirsty.

      July 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Nothing makes you more thirsty than guzzling about 12 or 18 beers at a party. Dehydration is a terrible thing.

      July 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dott

    I sure hope they pick someone that everyone likes so that the citizens of Mexico will stay in their home land. We have enough of our own hungry, sick & tired to try to take care of. We don't need any more illegal entry into the USA.

    July 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |