Mexican citizens living abroad who have a valid INE credential and want to vote in the upcoming elections in Mexico must register to do so. The process is simple and can be completed in just a few minutes through the INE website. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to register to vote from abroad.
First, go to the website voteextranjero.ine.mx and click on the “Register” button. You will then be prompted to choose between two options: whether your INE voting credential was issued in Mexico or abroad.
If your INE voting credential was issued abroad, you will need the following documents to register to vote: Your current INE credential, a proof of address valid for no more than 3 months (only if you changed your address), a cell phone number, and email. You will also need to fill out an application for registration to the Nominal List of Electorates Abroad.
If your INE voting credential was issued in Mexico, you will need the following documents to register to vote: Your valid INE credential, a proof of address valid for no more than 3 months, a blank sheet of paper to place your INE credential and your handwritten signature, a cell phone number, and an email.
Once you have these documents, take a photo of your INE credential and sign the sheet. Then, start your registration by filling out your Application for Registration to the Nominal List of Electorates Abroad.
When you click on the “Start” button, you will be asked to select whether your INE credential has your photograph on the right or left side. Then, you will need to enter the Voter Code and the 9 CIC numbers found on your INE credential. After entering them, you must “Accept” the Statements and Privacy Notice.
Next, you will need to fill out the Application for Registration to the Nominal List of Electorates Abroad, providing your full name, voting method (postal, electronic, or in person), address abroad, cell phone, email, and verifying data (the full name of your mother or father). The system will also show you the candidates for which you can vote.
After completing the registration, you will receive a folio and your Voter Code. This will allow you to verify that your registration to vote from abroad was correct.
In addition to voting, Mexican citizens living abroad may also need to renew or obtain a Mexican passport. The process begins with an appointment at one of the Mexican consulates in California. There are three ways to make an appointment: online, by phone, or through WhatsApp.
To make an appointment online, visit the Mexican Consulate website and follow the instructions. For a phone appointment, call 424-309-0009. To make an appointment through WhatsApp, save the number 424-309-0009 on your phone and send a message with the word “Hello” to find an available appointment.
In emergency cases, such as passport renewal, appointments can be requested at the Mexican Consulates in California. The best day to make an appointment for a passport is Wednesday, between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, as the consulates release 1,000 appointments on that day.
To obtain a Mexican passport for the first time, you will need to prove Mexican nationality, identity with an original document with a photograph, and make the corresponding payment. The costs of a Mexican passport for processing at any of the Mexican consulates in California vary depending on the duration of the passport.
In conclusion, Mexican citizens living abroad have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process by registering to vote from abroad and obtaining or renewing a Mexican passport. The process is straightforward and can be completed through the INE website and the Mexican Consulates in California.
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