Mexico’s elections are having a hard time competing with alcohol, soccer and apathy

Fusion

MEXICO CITY – “Let’s go to the liquor store and stock up before the hurricane hits,” one of my former high school buddies typed into a WhatsApp group rallying us to party at his house.

He was only half-joking. Many hoarded beer and alcohol in anticipation of this weekend’s Ley Seca or “Dry Law,” a two-day prohibition on booze that’s intended to promote sobriety for today’s elections, but usually has the opposite effect. The booze ban went into effect Friday night at midnight, and lasts until Monday. But that’s too long for many Mexicans.

[img attachment=”146427″ align=”alignnone” size=”large” alt=””Anticipate your shopping,” reads a sign warning about dry law. ” caption=””Anticipate your shopping,” reads a sign warning about dry law. ” /]

“Have fun on Friday and rest on Saturday,” Mexico City officials recommend hopefully. The implicit bargain is that Mexicans will wake up on Sunday feeling clear-headed and pure of…

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