How to vote

New voters

WHO CAN VOTE IN THESE ELECTIONS?

Everybody who is registered on the electoral roll can vote.

In order to vote in these regional elections you must be a registered citizen of the Community of Madrid, be of legal age and have full citizenship rights.

  • To be a registered citizen of the Community of Madrid you must be a Spanish citizen who, in accordance with the general laws of the state, is registered in one of the municipal areas of Madrid. Also, Spanish nationals living abroad whose last administrative address was within the Community of Madrid and can accredit this condition to the corresponding Spanish Consulate. Descendants of people registered as being Spanish, should they request it, also have the right to vote as determined by the Laws of the State.
  • Legal age is defined as having reached the age of 18 on or before polling day.
  • People who are not permitted to vote are:
    • Persons convicted by a court decision of a suspension of their right to vote.
    • Persons who have been declared incapable of voting by a final judicial decision, providing that said decision expressly states that they are incapable of exercising their right to vote.
    • Persons committed to psychiatric hospitals by legal authorisation, during the time of their confinement and provided that the judge's statement expressly states an incapacity to exercise the right to vote.

IIt should not be forgotten that in addition to meeting the personal conditions required in order to vote, it is essential to be registered on the electoral roll. Any person who at the time of the election is not registered on the electoral roll, even should they be able to demonstrate that they meet the other conditions for voting, shall not be permitted to vote.

IS VOTING COMPULSORY?

No. Nobody can be forced or obliged to vote in any way, or to reveal how they voted.

Voting (exercising the right to vote) is universal, free, equal, direct and secret.

  • Universal - because everybody of legal age with full civil and political rights can vote.
  • Free - because nobody can be obliged to vote.
  • Equal - because all votes have the same value.
  • Direct - because our votes designate the people who we want to represent us in public affairs.
  • Secret - because nobody can be forced to reveal how they voted.

WHERE CAN I VOTE?

Voters may only vote at the electoral table where they are registered, with the exception of representatives of political parties who vote at the electoral table where they are accredited.

CAN PEOPLE VOTE IF THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY IS ON POLLING DAY?

Yes, but they must be registered on the electoral roll.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I AM ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL AND WHERE?

Councils and Consulates must post updated electoral lists for their respective municipalities for eight days, starting on the sixth day after the elections are called, from 6 to 13 April.

The Electoral Roll Office shall send all voters a census card showing the updated details of the voter's inscription in the Electoral Roll and corresponding Ward and Electoral Table, in addition to notifying affected voters of any changes to Wards, Polling Stations or Electoral Tables.

THE INFORMATION ABOUT ME IS INCORRECT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Any person may lodge a complaint before the Provincial Branch of the Electoral Roll Office regarding his or her inclusion in or exclusion from the Roll during the period when lists are displayed (eight days, from the sixth day after elections are called) from 6 to 13 April.

Complaints are resolved in three days and corrections ordered to be on public display on the 17th day following the call for elections (17 April). Furthermore, the resolution shall be reported to each complainant, and the corresponding Councils and Consulates.