Mexico held a referendum on Sunday in which citizens were asked if ex-officials, notably Presidents, should be held accountable for any criminal conduct while they were in office. There was low voter turnout. The questions were not well framed according to many voters and the vote took place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mark Stevenson had this article in Associated Press. Here is an excerpt:
A referendum in Mexico on Sunday cost the country about $25 million, but drew only a fraction of the voters needed to make it binding.
Few people liked the poorly written question on the ballot, and the vote was held in a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nationwide referendum asked whether ex-officials should be tried for any illegal acts. The National Electoral Institute reported that while over 90% of those who participated voted “yes,” only about 7% of eligible voters turned out, well below the 40% threshold needed.
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