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Thousands begin voting in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum

Cancun, Q.R. — At 8:15 a.m., voting stations across the state opened, many already with long lines of citizens taking the opportunity to vote in new political figures.

In Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the Electoral Institute of the District opened access to the highly confidential areas of voting stations. On Isla Mujeres and in Cancun, people who had lined up early to vote ended up with an additional 30-minute delay as officials were noted as being late setting up voting stations.

At several stations including Kilometer Zero of Boulevard Kukulcán, voters were delayed half an hour as officials scrambled to get the ballot boxes and voting stations in order.

In Playa del Carmen, people began lining up at 5:00 a.m. at Fundadores park to cast their vote. The votes will include all levels of government from a new municipal mayor to the president of Mexico, however, there is no vote for a new governor of Quintana Roo since the current governor, Carlos Manuel Joaquín González, was not challenged.

In Tulum, councilor president of the Municipal Electoral Council of Tulum, César Vargas Castañeda, says a total of 62 ballot boxes have been opened for residents to cast their votes.

The largest municipality of votes in the state will come from Benito Juárez where 580,853 citizens are registered to vote. The municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) is the second largest with 199,592 registered voters followed by Othon P. Blanco with 166,189 voters.

Approximately 89 million Mexican nationals are eligible to vote in the Sunday elections. Millennials and the so-called Generation Z are expected to play a key role in today’s elections since they grew up surrounded by the drug violence and corruption and make up nearly half of the registered voters.

According Enrique Andrade González of the National Electoral Institute, over 98,000 Mexican nationals living abroad have already submitted their votes, noting it’s an increase of 150 percent over the last presidential election.

They say  that over the last 90 days, nearly 23 million political advertising slots were filled across Mexico for today’s presidential election.

The winner of Sunday’s presidential election doesn’t need the absolute majority of the vote to be elected, just the most votes among the four candidates.

In March, five candidates were running to fill the president of Mexico seat. They were Ricardo Anaya, Jaime Rodriguez, José Antonio Meade, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Margarita Zavala, however, Zavala pulled out of the race last month.