Here are some interesting things I learned about Mexican elections:
- People are randomly selected to work at the polls. Unlike our poll workers, they do not get paid.
- All of the people working at the poll count the votes by hand and need to come up with matching numbers.
- You can get a lot of free things at stores and restaurants if you show your thumb with ink on it (proof that you voted). Coffee, discounts on food, free whopper jr. etc.
- The ballots have pictures of the parties' symbols (for people who can't read).
- The word used for going to the polls means to go to the "urns." According to my french and german roommates, this is normal in other languages too. I'm glad we chose polls instead of urns.