Ongoing general elections in Mexico

Mexico is undertaking general elections. All positions in both branches executive and legislative of the federal government and some local positions will be elected.

A boy helping an old woman cast a vote.
Since complains of fraud in 1988 election, great measures have been taken to ensure public trust. Today, elections in Mexico are run by ordinary citizens, trained by INE.

More specifically, mexicans will decide on:

  • Presidency of the Republic.
  • Lower (500 diputados of Congreso de la Unión) and higher (128 senadores of Senado de la República) chambers of the federal legislative power.
  • Some governors (Ciudad de Mexico, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos, Puebla, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatan states).
  • Some local legislative powers (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Campeche, Colima , Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Estado de México, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora andy Zacatecas).
  • Many local executive positions.

By law, voting stations will open at 8:00 local time (13:00 UTC) and will close at 18:00 (23:00 UTC) local time, which varies sightly from place to place because Mexico spans across three different time zones. First official (quick counting) results will be anounced at 20:00 center time (1:00 UTC). Official results will be announced on July 4th.

Although no official results are available yet, all available polls give center-left party Morena candidate Andres Manuel López Obrador a considerable advantage over his rivals (Forbes), with right party PAN party candidate Ricardo Anaya Cortés and center-right party PRI candidate Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña closely disputing the second place.

Expect updates as new information becomes available.


Mexico’s INE (electoral institute) reports an unusually high citizen participation in this election (Uniradio) and decreed an extraordinary period to allow remaining citizens who’ve not been able to vote yet, to do so. Last voting stations should be closing shortly.

OEA observers also celebrate ( the unusually high citizen participation in this election.

Despite isolated incidents of violence, the election went mostly peacefully, with over 99% of the planned voting stations successfully installed.


The first official results from the quick counting system (PREP) give Andres Manuel López Obrador a considerable victory margin, with 44.42% of votes. Ricardo Anaya Cortés follows with 27.78%, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña with 17.97% and Jaime Heliodoro Rodríguez Calderón with 6.60%. However, this results are still uncertain since they represent only 0.0172% of votes.


Ricardo Anaya Cortés, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña and Jaime Heliodoro Rodríguez Calderón have all acknowledged Andres Manuel López Obrador victory. Official results will be announced on July 4th, but everything indicates that AMLO will be the next president of Mexico.


Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Donald J. Trump of the United States (El Financiero) congratulated Andres Manuel López Obrador for his victory.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!


Lorenzo Córdova Vianello, INE president, announced official quick counting results: Andres Manuel López Obrador won the election with 53-54% of votes.

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s current president, announced the result above in an official public message.

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