Election Day 2009

Today, July 5th was Election Day in Mexico. (Not the Presidential election, that only happens every 6 years.) Elections take place every 3 years to elect Presidentes Municipales (Mayors), Diputados Locales (Representatives) and Diputados Federales (Congressmen). In hopes for an uneventful day, this weekend Ley Seca was declared in most parts of Mexico. Ley Seca means Dry Law, in which no alcoholic beverages are sold or served.

Here in Yahualica, we had four candidates for Presidente Municipal, representing some of the more important political parties. We had PAN, PRI, VERDE ECOLOGISTA and PRD. I try not to get too involved in politics, I mean, why bother, it's not like I'm going to vote. (Hubby does vote!) So while others may be arguing over which political party is the best, I just sit back and listen.

As I write this, it is 10 pm and hubby and I were discussing who we thought had won, when we were surprised by the sound of cars honking and people marching down our street. Of course we were curious to find out what the reason for this ruckus was, so we peeked out our bedroom window only to find a victory parade to celebrate the PAN candidates win.

Congratulations to our new Presidente Municipal, Anastacio Mercado and to our Diputado Federal Jose Luis Iñiguez.

With Love,
Leslie Limon


  1. Yes, it was interesting that there was no alcohol served this weekend. I have to think this is difficult in a tourist area like ours.

    I can imagine some people reacting not so nicely.

    Can you give some background on this law?

    We were also curious as to exactly which elections occurring so thanks for the info!

  2. We are also waiting to hear, here in Alamos, about the outcome of yesterday. There has been no horn honking, no celebrating. In town this morning, it is all very very quiet. I enjoyed your post about the cherries, we have chilean cherries in our mercado right now,

  3. Here in Sonora they were also voting for governor. Guillermo Padres of the PAN party was elected.

    The dry law is common in Latin America, apparently. The first time we visited Costa Rica was two days before the 1990 presidential election and no alcohol could be sold the day before, election day or the day after!

  4. The elction process in my town still suprizes me. It is parades and cars with airhorns doing ads all hours of the day and then a huge rally where they hand out candy and t shirts. A new type of election.

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  6. You're blog is so interesting! We live in Berlin, OH but my husband is from San Juan, Teotihuacan via Oaxaca. We are thinking of moving down once our kids have all graduated from high school. One down, and two to go---5 more years.

  7. The "dry law" is funny, and we always just have to remember to stock up! However, there is always the specific stores you know you can still get something from... I don't do it myself, but I know people who are always doing it! Hurricanes, elections, etc..