Two days after Rosario Islas’s cinderblock shack collapsed in Mexico’s massive earthquake last week, a group of political operatives turned up at her ruined home, in the borough of Xochimilco in the south of the capital.
They had food, water and building materials – but before they would hand anything over, they demanded Islas show her government-issued voter ID.
Parties often use such information to track potential voters – and even to sign them up as members without their knowledge. But Islas was unable to comply.
“It told them it was buried under the rubble,” she said. “What little we had was all lost.” …