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The case of the missing elector

5 July 2009

Be on the lookout for Félix Rodolfo Rodríguez, the 20 year old Presidente of polling station #872, District 91 in Nuevo Leon was last seen leaving his home in Linares this morning to take up his post.

I’m hoping Félix just blew off the job, which is highly likely.  Poll watchers and vote counters are not volunteers or party functionaries like in the U.S., but are draftees.  I guess the best analogy is to getting picked for jury duty.  The election board picks a letter out of a hat and starts drafting voters based on their last name.  This year it was the “Rs” turn to watch the polls.

As with jurors in the U.S., they have a legal excuse to miss work, get paid for the day, and a free lunch.

There are a lot of Rodríguez’ at the polling stations today (along with Ramirez’ and Romos and Reveillgigios and Rosenbergs), and probably more than one Félix Rodríguez, but if you run across the one in Linares, he’s got some ‘spainin’ to do.

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