We tend to think of vote buying as politicians making promises of things they will do after they have been elected. Mexican version of vote buying seems a little more concrete.
MEXICO CITY—Thousands of people rushed to stores to redeem pre-paid gift cards they said were given to them previously by the party that won Mexico’s presidency, inflaming accusations that the weekend election was marred by widespread vote-buying.
At least a few cardholders were angry, complaining that they didn’t get as much as promised or that their cards weren’t working. Neighbors at one store in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City said the unusually large crowds prevented them from doing their daily shopping.