Mexico Allows Voting Abroad

The near-unanimous vote last week by the Mexican Congress to allow immigrants in the United States to vote in presidential elections is a major step toward consolidating Mexico's democracy — and Americans should celebrate it. Through the power of absentee ballots, Mexicans who live here may be able to change the policies that drove many of them to seek work in the U.S., and that would have long-term consequences for migrant flows.

The population of Mexico-born people in the U.S. has been growing by half a million a year since 2000. These immigrants sent nearly $17 billion back to Mexico last year alone, and they increasingly demand a voice in their home country's politics.

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