Few Mexicans in U.S. Seek Absentee Ballots
By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press Writer
Thu Jan 5, 1:32 PM ET

LYNWOOD, Calif. - Luis del Angel Garcia perks up as the first person in an hour approaches his information booth to ask about voting in the Mexican presidential election in July.

But like millions of other Mexican citizens living in the United States, the man has no voter card and cannot return to Mexico to get one because he is in this country illegally. And without the card, he cannot apply for an absentee ballot.

That dynamic threatens to undermine the first-ever attempt by Mexico to let expatriates vote.

With a Jan. 15 deadline to apply for absentee ballots looming, just over 10,500 Mexicans in the United States â€