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Mexico’s National Electoral Institute signs deal with Google

Mexico City, Mexico — For the upcoming elections, Mexico’s National Electoral Institute has signed a deal with Google to help Mexican voters.

The new deal with the Internet search giant will see them provide extensive information about electoral candidates while also providing citizens with voting-related services. Google will provide online information such as the location of ballot boxes through Google Maps, candidate information, live streaming of presidential debates via YouTube and even instructions on how to vote.

The National Electoral Institute (INE) says the joint deal for the 2017-2018 Federal Electoral Process is to provide information to the public and collaborate in the process of building a free and informed vote for Mexicans.

INE says that having the online Google information will strengthen democracy by making the most relevant information about this year’s elections accessible by putting it in the hands of citizens through their mobile devices.

INE says some of the online features will include:

  • Useful information generated by INE about the significant moments of the election
  • Offer service to voters to locate their nearest ballot box via Google Maps
  • Offer guidance on how to vote
  • Create reminders so that users do not forget the relevant dates of the electoral process
  • Transmit live candidate debates through YouTube
  • Make public information available about the candidates and their proposals
  • Circulate the preliminary results of the election through PREP on election day

INE says that their collaboration with Google does not imply, in any way, the sharing or making use of personal data held by any of the parties.

The President of the National Electoral Institute, Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, said that this INE-Google accompaniment is part of the logic to provide citizens with the most broad information about the electoral process.

He says that the collaboration between the National Electoral Institute and Google will allow the contribution to the construction of a more informed and participatory society in the largest elections in Mexican history.

There are four Mexican presidential candidates running to fill the seat for July 1. The elections will also include voting for 128 new senator positions and 500 deputies of the Lower House across Mexico.