U.S.-Mexico Electoral and Judicial Comparison
Written by Debbie King for The Paper Store – Nov 2002
There are distinct differences between the electoral and judicial systems in Mexico and the United States, particularly in attitudes about the electoral process, and the passing down of “justice” to citizens. Much of the problems with the Mexican system can be attributed to corruption in every branch of government (Sanchez A15; Shattuck PG). Much of the poor electoral attitudes in the United States can be attributed to apathy, an attitude the millions of poor in Mexico cannot afford to hold.
In all democracies, there are a number of political parties. However, two or three parties generally reign over other the other parties at election time. Because of the long reign of the Democrats and Republicans, in the U.S. the other parties are referred to as “third parties” (Judson PG) In addition, single candidates can run, and write-in votes are an expression of free speech. In reality, any person can write in his or her own name as the presidential candidate in an election.
In the United States, the two largest parties are: the Democrats (liberal) and the Republican (conservative). Another party has seen some success over the last several decades is the Independent Party, a party based on strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and non-governmental intervention. Over the years, a number of parties have emerged, most recently these are viewed as independent candidates, who now hold several seats in the combined Congress.
In every election, disorganized and poorly funded parties join the political agenda. The latest of the parties to develop are all based on strict agendas rather than on issues affecting the entire nation as a whole. Such parties vary, for example two of the latest parties are Jesse Jackson’ Rainbow Coalition (minority rights) and The Green Party (environmental rights). Recently, Ross Perot, who has run...