MEXICO CITY, June 20 (UPI) -- A growing number of disgruntled Mexicans appear ready to vote "nulo" -- Spanish for null and void -- in the upcoming midterm elections, a campaign watcher says.
Daniel Lund, president of the Mexico City polling firm MUND Group, says Mexicans fed up with politicians more interested in accumulating power than serving citizens are promoting the idea of nullifying their ballots to register their disenchantment, The New York Times reported Saturday.
"There have been campaigns like this in the past, but it's never caught fire," Lund said "Now, it's catching fire."
Word of the Voto Nulo campaign is spreading just like many political movements theses days -- on the Internet. It is difficult to determine just how big the Nulo effort is becoming, the Times said, but the country's election monitor, Federal Election Institute, and several main political parties have spoken out against it.
Mexican elections generally have about 2.5 percent of the ballots disqualified. Political analysts say spoiled ballots next month predict the Nulo vote could reach 5 percent or more.
Voter turnout is expected to be about 40 percent.