The present article is divided into four parts. First, a review of the 2006 electoral results and the actions of the electoral authorities in order to demonstrate that there is a reasonable doubt with regard to the results of the past presidential elections. Although there is no smoking gun, there are enough strange things about the results to merit further investigations. Second, the author criticizes the IFE’s responses to the request for access and demonstrate that there is no question that according to Mexican law the ballots are public documents once the election has been completed. Third, Ackerman draws out the implications the IFE’s rejection of access has for the future of transparency in the country.

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