Observing the U.S. Election: Mexico City, Mexico

Election Events: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico

As submitted by embassy staff

As part of our outreach to Mexican youth, we decided to use the election night as an opportunity to engage Mexican university students in our electoral process. We hosted an exciting red-white-and-blue event for 200 Mexican students from a dozen universities on November 6 at our Benjamin Franklin Library. Our Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Dogu launched the night’s activities, emceed by Mexican celebrity journalist Rossana Fuentes-Berain. The enthusiastic students were on the move — they traveled from booth to booth to listen to Foreign Service Officers’ 15-minute interactive talks on the topics: “Electoral College”, “Effect of Social Media in U.S. Elections”, “Party Differences”, “Studying in the U.S. – 100,000 Strong in the Americas”, and the “Impact of Hispanic, Women, and African American Voters.” Deans and professors proudly looked on and praised the great learning experience. We could not have been happier with the results. One student at the event tweeted: “This Election Night with the U.S. Embassy was a most excellent event…we very much enjoyed learning about your election process!”

We also were very fortunate to have as a special guest Kathleen Kennedy Townsend who extended warm remarks about the Kennedy family and their ties to Mexico. She emphasized the importance of expanding student exchange with Mexico under the 100,000 Strong program by committing publicly to do all she could to raise funds. Local Republican Party leader Larry Rubin provided the perfect political party counterbalance. After an awards ceremony for election trivia contest winners, Kennedy Townsend and Rubin shook hands and cut the American flag cake. We were also pleased that our event reached an estimated 1 million, from the event “Tweet-up,” Facebook postings and local radio, television and press coverage, combined. This was a hugely successful event for the young people who attended.

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