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Democrats Abroad Push For Voters In Mexico

Gricha Raether from Democrats Abroad Mexico.
Gricha Raether
Gricha Raether from Democrats Abroad Mexico.

MEXICO CITY — The Democratic Convention marks the official start of the party’s campaign season. And in Mexico, its affiliates also are starting to work on gathering expat votes — regardless of their political preferences. 

Gricha Raether is president of Democrats Abroad in Mexico City. He says more than a million voters live in Mexico, and their impact will be significant for the United States, but also for the future of the relationship with Mexico.

“We will help anyone register to vote, whatever party you vote for,” Raether said.

The Democratic Party Committee Abroad launched the international website votefrombroad.org. 

According to Raether, the website is non-partisan, as its goal is making it easier for American immigrants to register before the ballots are mailed by mid-September. 

Raether said the importance of helping voters registering is crucial this year since not only the president but also members of the Supreme Court will be elected.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.