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The Mexican revolutionary family has promoted the electoral fortunes of its electoral arm, the PRI, through the use of the Mexican variant on clientelism, caciquismo.8 The PRI has employed both the sold vote and the gregarious vote to increase turnout and the PRI margin of victory.9 The use of either the sold vote or the gregarious vote necessitate the availability of individuals whose costs and gains of voting can be so manipulated. Historically, this has been maximized in the countryside, where both methods can be combined by rural caciques
Election fraud was rampant in 2006 and 1988.
It's almost certain that the PRI lost to the PRD, or I should say Cardenas, in 1988. Miguel de la Madrid, the president '82-'88 admitted as much in his memoirs.
As for 2006, I know some people who were election judges who saw fraud before their own eyes. I don't know whether it would have been enough to change the result, but it was still there.
And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
...OK, I guess what I mean is they won't "win" clean, but will "win" dirty. Are there perhaps different "shades" of fraud? Clientelism is a type of fraud (isn't it?) and has existed for decades; it exists across countries. It even exists here in my homeland (Puerto Rico), so you might as well argue that nobody has "won" an election anywhere.
"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
Nothing about such tactics that I haven't heard for the past forty years. We were living in a small Mexican town during the last local elections and the fact that some parties would go to just about any length to secure a victory was more than evident. That all political parties would participate in fraudulent tactics stands to reason. Political power is money. Almost anything goes because there is no effective enforcement of election rules and law.
Consider the nasty tactics that both parties employ in the US, localize them for Mexico and bring them out into the open. That's politics in Mexico. Politics stinks period.
I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
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