Electoral process

Rights and Duties

RIGHTS

The right to vote is fundamental and free. No one can be forced or conditioned to vote in a certain way. In order to vote in the Elections to the Assembly of Madrid, you must be a registered citizen of the Community of Madrid and be of legal age. Your inscription in the Electoral Roll of the Community of Madrid is essential.

The right of suffrage is exercised in person, notwithstanding the provisions for postal voting.

All voters who, although they are not registered in the Electoral Table roll, can accredit their registration in the electoral roll by presenting the corresponding judicial decision or specific roll certificate to the Table Chairperson, are entitled to vote.

All those voters who wish to vote in person are entitled to use the voting booth corresponding to their Electoral Table, which affords the voter privacy whilst deciding who to vote for.

All those voters who, being illiterate or physically disabled, are unable to select the ballot paper or give it to the Table Chairperson, may request the assistance of a trusted person.

Persons who have visual impairment of 33% or over or who are affiliated with ONCE and who are literate in the Braille system of reading and writing may make use of the accessible voting procedure by registering beforehand by calling the toll-free telephone number: 900 822 012. Registrations shall be accepted between 31 March and 27 April, both included.

All those voters who have voted in person are entitled to verify that their name and surnames have been correctly recorded in the numbered list of voters drawn up by the Electoral Table.

All those voters who expect to be absent from their polling area on Election Day (24 May 2015), are ill or physically disabled and therefore unable to vote in person, are entitled to vote by post.

Voters from the Community of Madrid who are currently living abroad and are registered on the electoral roll of Spanish nationals living abroad, are entitled to a vote by post or vote at a ballot box at their consulate or other places provided for this purpose.

VVoters whose working hours coincide with the polling hours of the Elections of 24 May 2015 are entitled to a maximum of four hours paid leave. To this end, they may request a certificate from the Table Chairperson accrediting the exercise of their vote.

All voters may attend the public counting of votes at each table, which shall be carried out at 20:00.

Voting for visually impaired persons

Persons who have visual impairment of 33% or over or who are affiliated with ONCE and who are literate in the Braille system of reading and writing may register to use the accessible voting procedure by calling the toll-free telephone number 900 822 012. Registrations shall be accepted between 31 March and 27 April, both included.

The Government of the Community of Madrid, in turn, shall be responsible for conducting an informational campaign in accessible format, which shall be broadcast free on publicly-owned media once the electoral processes have been called. 
Once the registration is complete, visually impaired voters shall receive a confirmation that it has been received, enabling them to collect the documentation at the Electoral Table.

On polling day visually impaired voters shall contact the Chairperson of the Electoral Table and show identification, then shall be given a case with a Braille sticker indicating the elections being held. This case shall contain:

  • Instructions explaining how to use the documentation printed in Braille
  • A standard voting envelope.
  • • An envelope for each of the candidacies, indicating them in ink and in Braille.

Inside each of these envelopes visually impaired voters shall find the standard voting ballot corresponding to the candidacy indicated on the outside of the envelope. Voters shall remove the ballot and place it in the standard voting envelope, then go to the table to place their vote.

It is important to mention that polling stations must have a specific, accessible and suitable space that ensures the privacy of voters and that is located as close as possible to the Table where they will exercise their right to vote.

OBLIGATIONS

Voters may vote only once. Votes shall be deposited at their corresponding Voting table.

Voters must identify themselves to the Chairperson of the Table, providing one of the following official documents: DNI (National Identity Document), Passport or Driver's License displaying the voter's photograph.

Those voters who have requested a postal vote cannot vote in person at their corresponding Electoral Table.

No voter may enter the polling place with weapons or instruments that could be used as such.

On Election Day, the formation of groups that could potentially prevent access to the electoral tables or hinder the voting process at the electoral colleges is prohibited.