Join our Election Observation Team

Join our Election Observation Team

We are looking to field small groups of observers with high levels of expertise in election observation, good writing skills, background in Mexican politics and/or election issues, and a willingness to work long hours to document and report on a complex situation. Good Spanish skills – speaking, reading, and writing are essential. Citizens of any country may apply.

2018 Mexico Election Observer Missions

The first mission (May 7-15, 2018) will evaluate pre-electoral conditions with a special focus on how voter confidence and political freedoms are affected in areas impacted by drug war violence.

The second mission (June 28 – July 4, 2018) will join Mexican observers in key locations in the days before the Sunday July 1 vote. This second group will remain in Mexico until the election process is completed (scheduled for July 4th, barring any post electoral dispute.)

Global Exchange observers plan for all observers to be credentialed by the INE (Mexico’s National Electoral Institute) so that they will be authorized to receive proper credentials to talk with voters, party officials, reporters, and other investigators before, during and after the election.  Credentialed observers normally have access to polling stations, vote counting areas, and some other technical aspects of the voting process.

Accepted applicants will be automatically enrolled in a series of video conference orientations prior to departure.


People with relevant Mexico expertise and/or experience in international elections observation are encouraged to apply.  Observers will work as teams.  Strong analytical and writing skills are necessary and advanced Spanish is required.

Application Deadlines:

First Visit: April 25 is the deadline for the May 7-15 pre-election delegation. This first delegation will be small and select.

Second Visit:  June 1 is the deadline for the June 28-July 4, observation delegation. The size limit of this delegation will be larger than the first delegation. We hope to be able to accept as many highly qualified applicants as possible.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A brief letter detailing your prior election observation and other relevant experiences.
  • A current CV.
  • Two professional references with current contact information.
  • A photocopy of the picture page of your passport.
  • Emergency contact information.
  • INE approval letter.  Please register with them online here.

If you have previously observed elections with Global Exchange, be sure to let us know when and where.

Please email your completed application ASAP with all required attachments to: with subject line “MX Electoral Observation Application”

If you have any additional questions, please write to: with the subject line: “Observation Question”

Upon acceptance we will contact observers about trip details.

All observers of the Mexican election will be responsible for their own costs including travel, lodging, and food costs.

We regret that at present we have no funds for scholarships.