More Election Contests in Places Shaped Like Florida

First Florida, then Italy, now Mexico. Needless to say, I am happy I now live in a nice, box-shaped state, not something with a long tail to it. How bad will the aftermath of the exceptionally-close election in Mexico be? Here is how the Washington Post characterizes things:

Teams of lawyers are girding for a massive challenge of the results, threatening a crisis reminiscent of the disputed 2000 U.S. presidential election. Legal experts and campaign strategists here say the winner of Sunday’s ballot might not be officially declared for up to two months.

Remember those small irregularities I blogged on yesterday? Today, with a razor-thin margin, they are not so small.

“This is going to be like the hanging chads,” said Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, a Mexico expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who observed votes being counted at Mexico’s electoral commission headquarters. “It will be disputed to the last ballot.”

Clearly, this blog should send an observer to ensure that there are no ballot boxes floating in either the Pacific or Caribbean!